QPR’s decision to ditch the 3-5-2 formation that was supposed to be their default setting this term last time coincided with their first victory of the season.
However, if no less an expert on tactical tinkerings than Louis van Gaal is to be believed, they may best off abandoning the 4-4-1-1 on which the 1-0 win over Sunderland was based in favour of a return to the 3-5-2 for the trip to Old Trafford.
Van Gaal’s Manchester United are 29/100 favourites to devour their first helping of maximum points this term.
That leaves the Super Hoops 19/2 underdogs for the victory, while the draw is only a marginally less distant prospect according to the bwin layers at 4/1.
Yet, speaking between United’s tussles with Roma and Inter Milan on their preseason tour of the USA, the Dutchman made it clear that, for 3-5-2 sides such as his, looking in the mirror is the hardest thing of all.
“When you followed the World Cup the Dutch squad had most of the problems when playing against opponents who are using the same system.
Chile, we beat them 2-0 but [only] in the last 10 minutes did we beat them, and now we [United] are not fit enough because we have only had three or four days to recover.
[At the World Cup] we played against Mexico who played the same system and won 2-1 and drew against Costa Rica 0-0. Three games with the same system playing against each other and all three games were decided in the last 10 minutes. Interesting eh?”
Harry Redknapp can even call upon an expert in duelling 3-5-2’s in Chile’s Eduardo Vargas for the clash, after his work permit was granted.
The Napoli-owned hitman notched for La Roja against Spain at the World Cup and he can be backed at 4/1 to bag at anytime when the R’s arrive at Old Trafford.