Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names four formations Manchester United can use for Arsenal clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United speaks to the media at the post match press conference after the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at Parc des Princes on October 20, 2020 in Paris, France.
Solskjaer has options at his disposal (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United squad are ready to operate in four different formations ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

Solskjaer will welcome Mikel Arteta’s side to Old Trafford knowing a win would see them leapfrog the Gunners.

Both teams have had mixed starts to the season. United are currently 15th and nine points off league leaders Liverpool.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have lost as many matches as they’ve won and sit 12th.

The two sides are faring better in cup competitions. Both have reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, while winning all their opening matches in the Champions League and Europa League respectively.

Solskjaer feels his side are in a good place and is encouraged by the versatility that his squad can provide.

‘I think last season we put a lot of work into our principles and the way we want to play, and we had a foundation to play it from with two central midfielders,’ said Solskjaer.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a training session at London Colney on October 31, 2020 in St Albans, England.
Arteta’s side will travel to Manchester (Picture: Getty)

‘This season we’ve had added quality in the squad with Edinson Cavani, Donny and Alex Telles,

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are now back fit so we have more options and we have more options tactically.

‘If we want to play a 4-3-3, a diamond, a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, I think we have more options than ever before.’

Some have questioned whether Bruno Fernandes and Pogba can operate in the same team but Solskjaer brushed those claims aside.

‘Good players can always play together if there is balance in the team,’ he added.

‘You can’t play the 10 best forwards in the team together. Of course you need balance and that is what we are working to find.’

There was a lot of criticism aimed at United’s summer transfer business, with the club signing four players on deadline day in a late rush, but Solskjaer is content with the bodies that came through the door.

‘I think we’ve signed well, I’m very happy with the signings we’ve made, I think all of them have made an impact,’ said Solskjaer.

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) warms up with Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes before the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on September 26, 2020.
Solskjaer thinks Pogba and Fernandes can play with each other (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘They are players we’ve targeted for a little while and I’m happy with them.

‘You want competition for places and you want players to know that there’s someone who can take my place.

‘And you want players who can cope with that pressure, which you have to do if you’re part of Man United.

‘Alex Telles played really well in Paris and I think Luke Shaw has also played really well the last few games, that’s the competition you want.’

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