Paul Ince has claimed that Manchester United are copying Liverpool in attempt to replicate the success the Reds have seen on the field.
Harry Maguire is United’s version of Virgil van Dijk and their front three play in a very similar way to ours, according to the former United man.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to get rid of Romelu Lukaku, and Ince hints that the forward line of Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Rashford are an emulation of the pacy trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino.
Even though most teams now employ a 4-3-3 formation, the former midfielder can’t help but theorise that United are attempting to copy the Reds. “I look at United and I feel like they’re almost copying a Liverpool model,” he told Paddy Power.
“They got Virgil van Dijk in and United got Harry Maguire in, and it seems they’ve gone for three forwards too, pacey players like [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Marcus] Rashford.”
Comparing Maguire to van Dijk is interesting as the only thing they’ve got in common is that they’re the two most expensive defenders in the history of the game.
As for the comment on pacey forwards, I feel as if most teams nowadays prefer to have a pair of whippets on the flanks – something which brought Bayern Munich a lot of success over the years in Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.