Be realistic and copy this Solskjaer’s tactics – Mikael Silvestre tells Man Utd boss ahead of Man City clash

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Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has urged Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick to copy former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and play with three central defenders against Manchester City.

Solskjaer, who was sacked back in November, never lost a league match away at City during his time in charge.

Rangnick has leaned heavily on a 4-2-3-1 system which has seen Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane rotated for the two centre back spots but Silvestre wants all three centre-backs selected against Manchester City.

“Let’s face it, City will control the game most of the time and I think we should be realistic,” he told betting expert, via the Manchester Evening News.

“The times where we’ve been able to stop City in the last few years, to take points and to win, is when we played five at the back.

“When Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were high up. It is either three at the back or five in midfield, you can put it various ways.

“But to limit City’s ball control and be able to break the lines going forward, I would go with the back three to begin with.”

Nineteen points separate United, in fourth, and league leaders City heading into Sunday’s blockbuster derby meeting.