Manchester United’s standard under the direction of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does seem uncertain. But one thing is certain, the Norwegian coach always relies on just a striker on the front lines. So far, the scheme has not been proven effective for the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became Manchester United’s Interim coach in December 2018, replacing Jose Mourinho with a temporary nature. But, because MU’s performance was considered better, he got a permanent contract. Currently Solskjaer is contracted until 2021.
Under the direction of Solskjaer, Manchester United itself still seems inconsistent, and the tactics used are also not permanent. But one thing for sure is the figure of a center forward or striker. The Norwegian coach always uses one striker on the front lines.
This figure is none other than Anthony Martial. The French striker was originally positioned as a wing attacker, but because of the departure of Romelu Lukaku last summer, he was asked to play as a central striker.
Initially, the position was quite effective for Martial, but increasingly here its performance has declined. No wonder so many people gave advice to Solskjaer to change the standard of one striker in his scheme.
Martial who is alone in the front line is considered ineffective, so Andy Cole as a club legend suggests Solskjaer gives the right tandem. He hopes Solskjaer will try a two-striker scheme like the Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson did.
“The way Manchester United play today is completely different from when I was still playing there. In my era, we played with two strikers. When we have good winger like Beck and Giggsy, you can understand why we play with two strikers.
“We don’t always play with a 4-4-2 scheme, where with my intelligence or Dwight or if Ole plays, we only need one person up front. So we are not fixated on the 4-4-2 scheme,” told Cole to Goal International.
Ferguson’s Manchester United era was known as the 4-4-2 grip, and it proved to be a very good scheme for teams who like to attack.