Some textbook pack-shuffling against West Brom didn’t have the desired effect for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.
But tinkering with the ranks at the Hawthorns will have given the Dutch tactician a better idea of how to shoot down Chelsea when they meet at Old Trafford next.
A price of 9/5 makes the Red Devils underdogs on their own patch, with their capital-dwelling counterparts 29/20 jollies for success.
After benching Radamel Falcao for their Black Country sojourn, Van Gaal must recall the on-loan superstar for the Blues visit, or at least that’s the view of the tactical boffins at news.bwin.com/en/ HQ.
Here’s how we think the Red Devils should set up:
David de Gea picks himself in goal and he’s likely to be shielded by three centre-halves with Van Gaal able to call upon Chris Smalling, Tyler Blackett and, potentially Jonny Evans again.
With Chelsea’a aerial threat to consider at set pieces, the former Fulham man will likely join Phil Jones in the heart of defence.
If Evans is fit, Marcos Rojo can take Luke Shaw’s spot on the left, while Rafael will be deployed on the right after a sterling showing against West Brom.
Michael Carrick’s experience and passing prowess, as well as set-piece repelling abilities will make fast tracking his rehabilitation from an ankle injury to start in place of Daley Blind here.
He’ll partner Argentine superstar Angel Di Maria, with the former Real Madrid man placed on chance-creation detail.
Based on his Hawthorns exploits, Marouane Fellaini deserves a start in an attacking-midfield capacity.
His physicality could be key and, as the Belgian’s West Brom performance will attest, there are rewards to be reaped from utilising him in an advanced berth.
A man with 52 goals in 68 La Liga outings is most likely to cause the Chelsea defence problems, as he did in the 2012/13 European Super Cup final, notching a hat-trick in the Stade Louis II.
Robin van Persie is another individual to have scored a treble against Jose Mourinho’s men and, in Wayne Rooney’s absence, he’ll skipper the side once again.