Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick could be about to change his formation against Burnley on Thursday after he decided to stop Eric Bailly from travelling to Ivory Coast for the AFCON.
Man United endured a dreadful performance against Newcastle United on Monday night and only managed to get a 1-1 draw against the relegation-threatened side, thanks to a second-half goal from Edinson Cavani.
Though Manchester United are unbeaten under the German boss, the players have struggled to blend in with Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 formation.
Against Norwich City, before the COVID-19 break, United were outplayed and had to rely on David de Gea to save the game. The same happened against Newcastle United.
The formation has also thwarted United’s chances of scoring goals, as they hadn’t scored more than a goal per match since Rangnick’s first game against Crystal Palace.
The same formation has somewhat affected Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes’ performances as they have been forced to play outside their preferred roles.
With the players yet to flow with the formation, there are suggestions that the former RB Leipzig boss is planning on facing Burnley with a 3-4-3 formation.
Bruno Fernandes is set to miss the game against the Clarets with suspension after getting booked against Newcastle United.
And while the German boss is planning on taking on Burnley without Fernandes, he has delayed Bailly’s trip to Ivory Coast, hinting he could be about to try another pattern on Thursday.
Eric Bailly was surprised to receive a call at the airport on Monday informing him that he would be needed against Burnley just as he was about to fly to the Africa Cup of Nations, reports Daily Mail.
Victor Lindelof contracted COVID-19 on Monday, hence why he missed the Newcastle United clash and has been ruled out of the Burnley clash.
Ralf Rangnick’s back three, if he intends on switching to a new formation, would consist of Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, and Eric Bailly.
Surely, Bailly will be on the starting lineup against Burnley, otherwise, the German tactician wouldn’t delay the Ivorian’s trip to the AFCON.
Manchester United players are already familiar with the 3-4-3 formation, as they had worked with that under ex-bosses Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick.