Date: 24th November 2006 at 1:29pm
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Gary Neville has praised United’s attacking play and the performances the team have shown this season. But there was something else, too.

I don’t know if it was conscious but Gary has clearly stated that 4-4-2 is the tactics work best for United.

‘Our performance levels are much better,’ said Neville. ‘I don’t think at any point in the first six months of last season did we reach the performance levels we have shown this season.

‘It’s been a higher level of football and we’ve blown teams off the park with quick attacking play, two wide players, two centre forwards, and we’ve blitzed teams in 20-30 minute periods.

‘Bolton and Portsmouth are examples of that, and that’s when I feel we’re at our best, when we’re playing at a high tempo and everything is quick.’

For me, it’s clear. Two wide players and two centre-forwards, that’s the key of an attacking version of 4-4-2. And you can all see our skipper is convinced our greatest performances were due to the presence of the above. It’s quite a significant statement three days after the sickening defeat at Celtic, and it’s much more important than Gary’s alleged remark about Saha. Or at least I think so.

Oh, and of course I agree with him: leave 4-5-1 to Chelsea and Arsenal, we should stick with 4-4-2.