Manchester United fans want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to stick with a back-four for the visit of Paris Saint-Germain, rather than revert back to a three-man defence.
A lot hangs on the result of the game as a point would guarantee United’s qualification for the knock-out stages with a game to spare. While a loss for PSG, especially if RB Leipzig defeat Istanbul Basaksehir in the other group game, could see last year’s runners up staring down the barrel of an early elimination.
The importance of the game will no doubt have Solskjaer deliberating on how he should set up his side for the match.
United have shocked the Parisians to pull off late victories in their last two meetings, and in each game United have lined up in a back-three formation to try and contain the attacking might of the French champions.
The back-three has worked great against strong teams in the Premier League as well, as it allows United to absorb pressure then hit opponents with devastating counter-attacks.
However, United’s current four-game winning streak has seen Solskjaer switch to a back-four and the team have looked much more attractive going forward as a result.
Yet, the last time PSG visited Old Trafford, in the first leg of the famous last-16 tie, United lined up in a 4-3-3 and were torn to shreds, fortunate to get away with just a 2-0 defeat that laid the ground for the historic comeback two weeks later.
With the last three games against PSG in mind, Solskjaer may be tempted to once again deploy the back-three, but he is short on personnel to make it viable with Axel Tuanzebe suspended and Luke Shaw likely injured.
United supporters believe that Solskjaer should stick with what has been working in recent games and set out his side in a back-four.
M.E.N. Sport asked fans: “Given it’s PSG and United have a propensity to switch to a back three against the elite, should #mufc go with a back three on Wednesday (even though Tuanzebe is suspended and Shaw is likely to be out)?”
The winner with 60 per cent of the 4,248 votes was ‘No, stick with the back four,’ while ‘Yes, it can work again’ earned 40 per cent of the vote.