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Manchester United: How they can fit in attacking trio

Rooney can play off Van Persie & Hernandez (©GettyImages)
Rooney can play off Van Persie & Hernandez (©GettyImages).

Javier Hernandez once again proved his worth to Manchester United last night with a match-winning display against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

The Mexican striker scored the only goal of the game as the Red Devils overcame their rivals at Old Trafford.

However, there's no doubt about it, Hernandez has one of the hardest jobs in football. Chicharito has to battle with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for a place in the starting XI at United and he regularly finds himself on the bench.

But, there is a way that David Moyes can utilise the striker on a more regular basis.

The Old Trafford outfit have a fine tradition of playing wingers - but with the Red Devils' wide-men continuously showing inconsistent form - Moyes should head in a new direction, or at-least mix things up on occasions.

Instead of playing with wingers, Moyes could go with an attacking partnership of Van Persie and Hernandez, with Rooney occupying the role behind the pair. Then, in midfield, the Scot could play Michael Carrick alongside Marouane Fellaini, with Phil Jones providing the shield in-front of the back four.

There's no doubt that United would lose part of their attacking threat down the wing, but in playing this tactic they would have a far more solid centre of the park and would also have one of the most deadliest attacking trios in world football.

The front three could also be switched around, Rooney could move up top, replacing Hernandez, and Shinji Kagawa could slot into his preferred role just off the striker.

But, this formation would certainly give Hernandez more game time and, while giving United better protection in midfield, they could still cause havoc in attack.

One potential problem may be that Moyes' side would be too open down the flanks - but would they?

If United went with Patrice Evra and Rafael da Silva in the left and right-back positions, there's no doubting that the duo have the energy to get up and down the pitch.

And, when one of them does go forward, Jones can slot into their position - he's a natural defender anyway.

Sir Alex Ferguson tested this type of formation on occasions last season, and at times it seemed to work. So perhaps, with United's wingers not exactly firing, Moyes should look at heading in this direction.

The perfect game to try it out could be United's next Capital One Cup tie as they host Premier League outfit Norwich City at Old Trafford.

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