Sir Alex Ferguson to usher in revolutionary diamond formation at Manchester United

The Red Devils manager admits he could go against the club's entire history and pursue a formation without wingers, in order to make the club more unpredictable and harder to beat
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed a proposed switch to a diamond formation would be revolutionary as well as contradict much of the history at the Old Trafford club.

The 19-time Premier League champions have forever been associated with the traditional method of using wingers, with some of the club's greats plying their trade out wide, however the veteran coach has admitted the club may have to experiment with the unfamiliar narrow formation to become more unpredictable to opposition teams.

The change in style could be implemented during the Red Devils' Champions League encounter with Braga, and with the recent acquisition of Japan international Shinji Kagawa and Robin Van Persie, paired with the emergence of Tom Cleverly and Danny Welbeck, the long-serving manager is aware that the club may need to change tactics to give the squad more options.
6/1 Shinji Kagawa is 6/1 with bet365 to open the scoring against Braga

"If it turns out we play the diamond consistently it would be revolutionary because it is going against our history," said Ferguson.

"But the level of the game in England and Europe now is so high that making yourself unpredictable is going to be a strength.

"Teams will have to think if we are going to use two out wide or the diamond because we have players capable of doing both things.

"Kagawa and Cleverley can play really well in the type of game that a diamond offers, whilst in Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia we have very good wide players."

The Manchester United manager is confident his team will be able to adapt to any change in formation, but admitted some players, such as the Japanese playmaker, may have to play a different role to the one they favour.

"The initial reason for taking him was his ability to play behind the strikers," said Ferguson. "In the last couple of games he has played middle to right.

"It is not a problem for him because he is still in a forward position and still has the ability to create as he does from the central part."