Last night’s triumph at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain belonged to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Manchester United boss came up trumps to answer his critics. A small tactical tweak and shift in formation in the second half transformed a draw into a well-deserved victory thanks to Marcus Rashford’s late drive that flew in off the post.
It was a performance that saw Solskjaer learn a lot about his team, their character and fight and he may have also found a solution moving forward.
The Red Devils set up in a 3-4-1-2, a system that Solskjaer has called on several times before since being appointed United boss.
In truth, it’s rarely let him down and gives United a platform to build on defensively.
While 4-3-3 enabled them to win the game and will always be their preferred formation, the performance in Paris suggests 3-4-1-2 could be the way forward.
Tuanzebe has the pace to cover ground but is also confident bringing the ball out from the back.
The arrival and display of Alex Telles, also points towards changing to three at the back.
Telles is a natural athlete who loves to get forward, parade the channel and launch crosses into the box.
In many ways, he is a left-back and left midfielder rolled into one and gives Solskjaer the option to drop Luke Shaw into the left side of the back three.
While Telles has the credentials to prove a real hit in an attacking sense, on the other flank, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also the perfect wing-back.