How Man Utd could look if Allegri replaces Solskjaer and brings familiar faces with him | Football | Sport
Manchester United have been backed to name Massimiliano Allegri as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor amid their current struggles in the Premier League.
Life at Old Trafford is far from rosy. The Red Devils could find themselves in the relegation zone by the end of the weekend if Liverpool thump them and other results don’t go their way.
Manchester United have insisted they’re standing by Solskjaer. But reports in Italy claim otherwise, saying that Allegri is ‘closing in’ on becoming the club’s latest manager.
If the Italian is to touch down at United, then fans can expect a 4-3-3 formation built to attack.
That was often the system he implemented at Juventus. He changed things up in his final season in Turin to try and accomodate both Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
United’s back five would likely stay the same.
Nobody is ousting David De Gea anytime soon, despite there being suspicions that the Spain international may be on the wane.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was signed in the summer to be the club’s right-back for the next decade so he, too, would stay in the team.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof remain a solid partnership in the making, despite their struggles this term, while nobody is better than Luke Shaw at left-back.
Allegri would, though, be likely to strengthen the midfield.
Reports have suggested he’d love to bring Emre Can with him to Old Trafford, having signed the Germany international during his time at Juventus.
Can would inject composure into a lethargic United side and likely oust Andreas Pereira from the starting line-up.
It’s feasible that the former Liverpool midfielder would slot in alongside Scott McTominay, offering license for Paul Pogba to get forward on a more regular basis.
Pogba has had to play in a midfield two this season which often means his attacking talents are stifled.
But Allegri managed the France international at Juventus and may opt for a different approach when it comes to coaxing the best from the World Cup winner.
Up top, United are closing in on Mario Mandzukic.
Allegri would be on board with such a signing and Express Sport understands the player’s entourage have already agreed to a winter move to Old Trafford.
He may, though, choose to play the Juventus star on the right of his attack. It’s an area where United are short and Mandzukic has spent the last few years slowly transforming himself into a wide forward.
That would allow Anthony Martial to play down the middle – the position he prefers.
And it would also mean Marcus Rashford reverting to the left wing, where he impressed for England during the midweek 6-0 thumping of Bulgaria.
How Man Utd could look under Allegri (4-3-3 formation):
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Can, McTominay, Pogba, Mandzukic, Martial, Rashford