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Solskjaer told to make key change in defence to confirm second-place finish

If Manchester United want to finish second they have to go to three at the back with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw as their flying wing-backs.

They’re dreadful with two in central defence — look at the Everton game, they should have been home and hosed at half-time but ended up conceding three and drawing.

Whether it’s Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, Lindelof and Eric Bailly, or Bailly and Maguire, they just aren’t good enough in a two.

I know some United fans will say, ‘Hang on, Stan, if we have another central defender it takes away an attacking player’.

Stan Collymore reckons Man Utd would be best suited for three centre backs

But it doesn’t, because it gives Wan-Bissaka and Shaw more opportunities to support Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial.

United are one of only three teams in the Premier League who could play an extra defender or holding midfielder and it not have a massive degradation on performance.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should try it against West Ham in the FA Cup tonight and, if it works, stick with it.

Because if they stay as they are, the amount of goals they concede might mean them struggling to finish third, let alone second.

Pep Guardiola’s Man City need to win Champions League to earn greatness

This Manchester City team has to win the Champions League, otherwise, how can we continue to throw garlands, petals and superlatives at them?

Manchester City are five points clear at the top with a game in hand
Manchester City are five points clear at the top with a game in hand

They were arguably built to win the Champions League before the Premier League.

And, while domestic success has ultimately come first, with the prospect of a European Super League looming, they now need the credibility of having lifted the continent’s biggest cup competition.

AC Milan, Barcelona, Ajax, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool have all stamped the greatness on the tournament in one of its guises.

Now City must follow suit.

How Gareth Southgate should set up midfield at Euros

If the Euros were to start tomorrow and I was England boss Gareth Southgate, I’d play Phil Foden in the middle of a midfield three with Declan Rice and Mason Mount either side of him.

Foden can get forward and back, which is why I’d have him as the centre point of that triumvirate with Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish interchangeable either side of Harry Kane ahead of them.

I know plenty of you will think James Maddison should be in there somewhere and he’s a cracking player with the ball.

But Mount just gives us that little bit more overall and it can’t all be fanfare players, which is why I’d have a semi-grafter in Rice in there, too.

However it plays out, it’s the most exciting midfield puzzle we have had since Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes under Sven Goran Eriksson.




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