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Man Utd working on a plan B to use against Barcelona

| 27.05.2011

Manchester United are 16/1 in the Champions League odds to fall behind against Barcelona in the final but recover to claim victory and the squad have been working on strategies in training to enhance the chances of this occurring.

A more attacking set-up will be necessary should Manchester United find themselves chasing the game heading into the final quarter at Wembley and Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have already spent some time preparing and rehearsing a plan B.

Reports suggest that the Red Devils have been tinkering with a 3-4-3 formation as a more risky strategy should they need a goal late on.

It is widely believed that Manchester United will start the final with the same team that kicked off the first leg of their Champions League last-four clash with Schalke.

However, if this is not working, then things will be changed.

The speculation is that Chris Smalling has been employed as the third central defender in training and he would come on if Manchester United are losing in place of Park Ji-Sung.

Full-backs Fabio and Patrice Evra would both push up into midfield, while Antonio Valencia would move forward into attack to partner Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.

To make training as realistic as possible, some of Manchester United’s squad players were supposedly given the task of emulating Barcelona’s stars, with Nani playing as Lionel Messi and Michael Owen taking on the duty of David Villa.

Meanwhile, the change in formation could also simply help Manchester United battle back from behind to force extra time and it is 15/2 that they come back to draw after 90 minutes having initially been losing.

Punters wanting a better chance of winning could instead take the 11/2 that Manchester United come from behind to either win or draw.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.