Graeme Souness: Manchester United transition could be "long and painful"

Souness: United transition could be
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Graeme Souness feels that Manchester United's recent struggles could continue if Louis van Gaal insists on playing three at the back.

Graeme Souness has expressed his belief that Manchester United could be in for a "long and painful transition" if manager Louis van Gaal continues with his three-man defence.

The Red Devils have taken two points from their opening three Premier League games, and have used the 3-5-2 formation in all their matches, despite players looking uncomfortable in the system.

"If Van Gaal is determined to persist with a back three this is going to be a long and painful transition," Souness wrote in The Times.

"Robin van Persie... doesn't look right [and] there is a question mark over Radamel Falcao as well. In taking him from Monaco and selling Danny Welbeck, United again seem to be moving away from what they have always been about."

United face Queens Park Rangers in their next Premier League clash on Sunday.

Davide Petrucci of Manchester United in action during the MTN Football Invitational match between Amazulu and Manchester United at Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 18, 2012
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