Manchester United coaches wanted to change formation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

There has been a lot of talk about Manchester United’s coaching staff.

Paul Scholes said the coaches in question would have been embarrassed to stay on after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking during his pre-match assessment.

Michael Carrick has been made caretaker manager for now, with fellow coaches Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan still part of the backroom staff, and last night they got off to a successful start with an important 2-0 win over Villarreal.

The win seals United’s position in the next round of the Champions League but it doesn’t look like Carrick will be guiding the team into the latter rounds.

Scholes made his feelings clear before the match that the club should have got rid of the entire coaching staff.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, Carrick and McKenna were keen for United to adopt a different style of play that was vetoed by Solskjaer.

The two coaches allegedly wanted to play with a back three to help address the team’s problems in defence, but Solskjaer stuck with a 4-2-3-1 formation until the 5-0 hammering we suffered against Liverpool.

After that shameful defeat, United switched to a back three against Tottenham, Atalanta and Man City – but only managed to get three points from the first of those games, versus a side that had completely given up under Nuno Espirito Santo, who was sacked days later.

We didn’t see a back three in Carrick’s first game in charge either.

United started in a 4-2-3-1 but turned into a 4-4-2 without possession.

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  1. This is spin. Pure and simple. Tue Manchester United algorithm club are in overdrive. Since the outrage that Carrick et all have remained after Ole being sacked, now news magically is appearing showing distance between Ole and the coaches. I barely read most of this stuff as very little of it is more than clickbait.

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