Dear Louis van Gaal,
It was very sense of relief for me especially after you resume as Manchester United new manager but your decision to be using a unfamiliar formation is giving me a head ache. In the game against QPR, we need to switch out of the the 3-5-2. The fact that there have been like 5 or so matches this season in which you start with 3-5-2 but was force to switch out of it because the team is playing bad in it speaks volume to how it needs to go.
I have seen a couple United fans defend the use of the 3-5-2, using your argument that it provides "balance" and better defense, and I wonder if these people are watching the matches. I'm not trying to bash anyone since we are all United fans but are you people defending this formation watching the team play? Balance? Is balance what you call playing almost everybody out of position? Rooney in midfield and Di Maria as striker is balance? Is balance using a formation that prevent you from using the players (Hererra, Shaw, Falcao) that you spent millions on? Is balance what you call using a formation that exploit all of our CBs weakness? A formation that is requiring the CBs to have the ball on their feet so much that in some matches they have more possession than our attackers isn't balance.
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Also, the ideal that the formation provide better defense is unfounded. We have allow just about the same amount of goals this year as we allow under Moyes 4-4-2 last year and we have a worst goal differential right now. Also, anyone watching the matches know our defensive record is decieving. The only reason we haven't allow more goal is De Gea. He is on one of the best goalkeeping form ever. His form right is better than Van dar Ser when he set the record.
How many times have we seen one of our CBs turn the ball over because the 3-5-2 requires them to have the ball on their feet and give the opposing player a goal scoring opportunity only to have De Gea come up with a big save? Uncountable. How many times have we seen our CBs been out of position in 3-5-2 formation because they don't know how to play in it only to be save by De Gea making a big save? Uncountable? Any balance or defense solidarity that anyone think the 3-5-2 provide is perceived and far from reality. Truly yours. Odeyele Ayodeji.
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