“I think most teams have their system in England and they stick to it,” explained Ralf Rangnick to MUTV.
“But there are also teams who switch from a back three to a back four, or from a back four to a back three. “Or – like Bayern Munich, for example, or [RB] Leipzig, who also did it last season with Julien Nagelsmann – even if they play defensively in a back four, they try to rotate within this system, this formation, to a little bit of an asymmetric back three.”
The Manchester United boss continued: “I think with our team, we have those two options.
“In order to play with a back three, we need to have most of our center-backs available.”
“I think under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] the team did it, for example, in games like Tottenham, Atalanta away, or against Manchester City in the derby.
“I think we can play in the back three, this could be an option for us, but, as I said, it also depends on the players available, on the current shape and form of the players, and also, to a certain extent, to the team against which we are playing.”
The Red Devils face Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday and a three-man defense could be possible with Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones available.