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Man United VS. Atalanta: 3 Things Solskjaer Should Do To Win His First Match In 4 Matches

Manchester United will play Atalanta in their 3rd UEFA Champions League match of the season. After winning Villarreal and losing against Young Boys, Solskjaer faces Atalanta in a must-win Champions League encounter on Wednesday and there are three things that Solskjaer should do in other to comfortably win his first match in 4 matches.

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The first thing which Solakjaer should do in the match against Atalanta to guarantee victory for Manchester United is to change his formation to a 4-4-2 formation. Solskjaer prefers to go for a single striker in most Manchester United matches. However, recent results have shown that playing just Ronaldo as Manchester United's main striker will not be enough for Solskjaer and his team.

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Solskjaer should consider playing Cavani and Ronaldo up front in a 4-4-2 formation. Cavani and Ronaldo can score goals, however, Cavani has a superior ability when it comes to mounting pressure on Manchester United's opponents in an attempt to win back possession. Ronaldo does not have an outstanding marking ability but his scoring ability is second to none. If Solskjaer plays both players in a 4-4-2 formation, they will complement each other and goals will be guaranteed.

The second thing that Solskjaer should consider doing is benching either Fernandes or Pogba in the match against Atalanta. Pogba and Fernandes play the same style of football and both players play better in the attacking midfield position. For many months, Solskjaer has been trying to play Fernandes and Pogba at the same time. He plays Pogba in the central midfield position and he sometimes plays him as the left-winger.

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Pogba has failed to flourish in any of these positions and he has often pointed out that he plays better in the attacking part of the midfield. Fernandes also plays as an attacking midfielder and no other position suits him better. It is time for Solskjaer to understand that Fernandes and Pogba can only be at their best if they play as attacking midfielders. What this means is that Solskjaer should stop playing both of them at the same time.

In the game between Manchester United and Atalanta, playing Fernandes and Pogba at the same time means that one of them will have to play in a position they are not comfortable in. Solskjaer should start one of them while the other player sits on the bench. The player who starts the match from the bench can come into the match if the player that started the match fails to deliver. If Solskjaer benches either Pogba or Fernandes, he will create space that will enable him to try the 4-4-2 formation.

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The third thing Solskjaer should try out is trying out either Dalot or Bailly in the defensive midfield of Manchester United. Fred, Matic, and McTominay are the only recognized defensive midfielders in Manchester United. However, they have not been able to be at their best most times they have been called upon so far. Dalot and Bailly are two Manchester United defenders that have the marking ability and defensive abilities that are required to thrive in the defensive midfield position of Manchester United.

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Fred, Matic, and McTominay have not been dependable for Manchester United so it won't be a bad idea for Solskjaer to try something new. The match between Manchester United and Atalanta presents the perfect opportunity to try out Dalot or Bailly in the defensive midfield position. The good thing about Bailly and Dalot is that though they are defenders, they have the skills and speed which can enable them to adapt to a new role in the team.

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Manchester United's results in the next few games starting from the match against Atalanta will go a long way to determine whether or not Solskjaer will keep his job as Manchester United manager. This period in Solskjaer's managerial career is a tricky one and he should try new things since what he has been trying before has not been yielding desired results.

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