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While the 3-5-2 achieves mixed results for Roberto Mancini's Manchester City, it's a formation that is cropping up across the globe and proving itself.
Manchester United could look at this setup with some intrigue, and with the players at their disposal, it could be a bold but sensational adjustment.
Antonio Valencia has all the skills to function as a top-tier right wing-back should he be asked, while Rafael, obviously, could fulfil that role with ease.
Shinji Kagawa still gets his glamorous role in attacking midfield, while Wayne Rooney fulfils a versatile role that can vaguely be described as a "second striker." In truth, he'd be all over the pitch, much like he was last season in United's 4-4-1-1, and that means Robin van Persie is the pure striker.
The last two spots in midfield can be filled by a combination of one holder (Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick) and one high-energy player (Tom Cleverley or Phil Jones).
Positives: Doesn't neglect the wingers too badly, allows Rooney a free role with RvP given a poacher's role. Kagawa still plays as a No. 10, and the defensive three would be solid.
Negatives: Nani, Ashley Young would be restricted to impact roles from the bench unless featuring centrally. Injuries to the central defensive corp make this unworkable in the short term.