I’d certainly like to think so, personally I think the standard 4-4-2 formation is rapidly becoming a dying art. With the signing of Kagawa, and the names that we are being linked with, I can see us making the transition before the new season begins.
My money would be on us adopting the 4-2-3-1 next year, this formation would add a lot more to our current style of play both offensively and defensively. For instance the 2 holding midfielders would offer our back four much more protection, this would also give our front four much more freedom when going forward. Imagine a front four of Young, Kagawa, Valencia and Rooney? The prospect of that sounds mouthwatering!
The only trouble would be incorporating players like Danny Welbeck and Nani into the situation, but this would mean leaving one of those big name players sat on the bench. The good thing, though, is the versatility, Danny can play up top and at times this season he has been deployed on the left wing, and Nani on the other hand can play anywhere across the middle three so the same goes for him.
My first XI for next season:
De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Jones; Young, Kagawa, Valencia; Rooney
Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Ferdinand, Cleverley, Welbeck, Nani, Hernandez
If we adopt the right rotation policy, players like Scholes, Park, and Giggs will all still get regular playing time, but surely it’s not time to phase out the veterans and give the youngsters a chance? If we were to add the names that we have been linked with, including Modric and Baines, and the two youngsters Powell and Henriquez, we’d be extremely tough to stop next year.
With names coming in, inevitably some players will be offloaded, including Berbatov and Anderson permanently, and Fabio, Macheda, and quite a few of the FA youth cup winners going on loan to gain vital match experience. Hopefully many of these youngsters will be able to come back and replace the players like Giggs and Scholes, because as sad as it may be, they won’t be around forever!