Manchester United - Time To Deploy Rooney Wide Again
UK time is: 15:50:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Time To Deploy Rooney Wide Again

United have next to no chance at Stamford Bridge today, it has to be said. Chelsea are in form while we are not, the game will be played at a stadium we have a terrible record in and we won't have our first-choice back four available.

But if we want a little hope of getting something out of this game, I believe 4-4-2 must be forgotten and we'll have to try and shatter Chelsea's diamond. That means a three-man midfield with Carrick, Anderson and Fletcher, with the latter two doing the running and closing down which proved our downfall at Anfield.

This of course brings a problem as well: who should be left out of the front four of Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney and Valencia? I don't expect Fergie to get to the same conclusion but I would leave Giggs out, quite simply because he does not have the legs, the stamina to start at Stamford Bridge. There's another reason, too: playing Giggs would mean Fergie would play Rooney as an out-and-out centre-forward which does not really suit him, as we saw against Arsenal. That should be Berbatov's job today.

Which brings us back to Giggs v Rooney: it should be Rooney. Fergie is reluctant to leave him out anyway (with good reason, of course, as he's our best player) and he would be able to threaten from wide positions, as he demonstrated so often last season. It's not his favourite nor his most effective role on the pitch but we can't expect to dominate the midfield against Chelsea and he could be easily marked out of the game as a second striker if the midfield do not provide enough support.

And that's why, in my opinion, 4-4-2 is not the way to go today. 4-4-2 would mean that in order to cover the defence we should surrender a positive attitude to the game: either Fletcher or Carrick would have to stay behind at all times, ready to choke the space in which Lampard operates while the other would be left to struggle against Essien, Ballack and presumably Deco. Rooney and Berbatov would be starved of service, just as they were at Anfield. A three-man midfield might represent a more negative formation than 4-4-2 but it would allow a more positive mindset and that, in my opinion, is more important.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 8 2009

Time: 11:16AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
I can't really disagree with that.
One United 92
Report Abuse
08/11/2009 13:15:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Leicester (a) - Van Gaal Speaks (Sunday November 29 2015)

AUDIO: van Gaal: We dominated (Sunday November 29 2015)

Leicester v United - Team-Sheets (Saturday November 28 2015)

United Back in for Brazilian? (Saturday November 28 2015)

Leicester v United - Facts and Figures (Saturday November 28 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Man City 14 9 2 3 +16 29
2. Leicester City 14 8 5 1 +8 29
3. Man Utd 14 8 4 2 +10 28
4. Arsenal 13 8 2 3 +12 26
5. Spurs 13 6 6 1 +13 24
6. Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 +5 22
7. Everton 14 5 6 3 +8 21

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Liverpool: Team News - Swansea City (Home)
Liverpool : 29/11/2015 15:29:00
Mourinho Pleased with Spurs Performance
Chelsea : 29/11/2015 15:23:00
Confirmed Live Up vs Norwich - Rambo Starts
Arsenal : 29/11/2015 15:17:01
Team Line-Ups & Updates: Liverpool vs Swansea City
Swansea : 29/11/2015 15:00:01
Chelsea : 29/11/2015 13:59:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Leicester City
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 25%
McNair 0%
Smalling 0%
Blind 0%
Darmian 0%
Carrick 0%
Schweinsteiger 75%
Mata 0%
Martial 0%
Rooney 0%
Yong 0%
Depay 0%