Thought about this quite a lot... and yes, the 'no cover at left back' argument has been brought up on here several times. But I think Distin could do a job there. He is very quick for his size and age and will have no problems bombing forward.
The obvious thing to consider is right wingers cutting inside on him... but he's an experienced defender and he would know what to expect.
Naturally this would allow Baines to play further forward (in a Bale type role) and help out Distin when need be. Another advantage to this is that it would add more height to the defensive unit. This is how it could possibly look:
(with Drenthe replacing Coleman when he is back)
Subs: Mucha, Neville, Stracqualursi, Bilyaletdinov, Barkley, Osman, Vellios.
John Crook, Posted 27/10/2011 at 10:51:15
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1 Posted 27/10/2011 at 15:42:45
2 Posted 27/10/2011 at 15:47:17
3 Posted 27/10/2011 at 15:53:53
4 Posted 27/10/2011 at 17:30:27
5 Posted 27/10/2011 at 17:55:14
6 Posted 27/10/2011 at 21:45:14
7 Posted 27/10/2011 at 23:16:40
8 Posted 28/10/2011 at 00:13:10
Coleman (even Neville in a pinch ? would have to be a pretty big pinch!) & Baines can play as wing backs with Rodwell & Fellaini in front of them.
We can always drop into 4-4-2 with the wingbacks dropping back, Heitinga moving into midfield & either Fellaini or Rodders moving on to support the attacking players.
Gives us more fluidity and allows us to alter our game as needed without a raft of substitutions.
9 Posted 28/10/2011 at 02:30:20
Straq does not seem fit yet and can hardly be our answer, so that leaves Saha and Vellios. Pretty dire. In midfield, I see only Barkley and Drenthe as creative players, maybe Bily in a central attacking role.
It is a rather bleak first team we are left with after the Arteta and Pienaar sales, and Moyes would be very wise to loan and buy in January. That is our only hope; Cahill just doesn't seem fit, and we need someone who can create something special, Coleman provided that in the last few minutes against Chelsea and it made a huge difference as we made chances and scored.
10 Posted 28/10/2011 at 12:24:38
A more urgent situation arose...
What the hell is Mucha doing even on the bench!!! Bin him immediately and give Marcus the bench warming role.
That is all.
11 Posted 28/10/2011 at 12:27:13
12 Posted 28/10/2011 at 15:28:12
Like the 5-3-2 idea though with JH the middle of the CBs in a sort of sweeper role and Coleman and Bainsey as wing backs. Would then allow Fellaini and Rodwell to play either side of Drenthe/Barkley/Osman in the central AM role.
Think the above is just a pipe dream though as the team has been deployed for extra defensive 451 for so long that the players would not know what to do in the above formation. Also far too attacking surely...
(I'll get back to chamionship manager)
13 Posted 28/10/2011 at 15:35:42
Jags Heitinga Distin
Fellaini Drenthe Rodwell
Wonder how that formation would play...
14 Posted 28/10/2011 at 15:49:01
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