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I have to say, I'm a little worried with the purchases SAF has made so far. All three are quality, but SAF seems to be buying for a 4-5-1 formation.

It was my observation that Utd frequently struggled when using the 4-5-1. The exception was the Roma game (I believe we started in a 4-5-1, do correct me if I'm wrong).

I would rather see them come out with a 4-4-2 because they obviously create more chances with this formation. I also think they are BETTER defensively when playing the 4-4-2 because their spacing is right and they have more going forward on the counterattack.

Unfortunately, I see SAF going with a Giggs-Scholes-Hargreaves-Carrick-Ronaldo midfield, and I think they will stifle Giggs and Ronaldo in the formation, both of which work better in space.

Also, if you use a 4-5-1, you must have a very strong striker that wins a lot of balls in the air (a la Drogba). Rooney runs in the channels and is okay in the air, but he really doesn't fit that role. A. Smith is our strongest forward but is not quite top class and Rooney means too much to the team to sit.

Then you throw in Nani and Anderson.... more midfielders. SAF has got to move some of these midfielders. I count 10 (11 if you argue that O'shea is a midfielder).

The other possibility is that SAF is just collecting talent and will sell off superfluous pieces once he sees how they gel on the pitch.
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