Man Utd news: Keown tells Solskjaer what he must do in crunch Leicester clash

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must return to a formula that has worked for him (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must not try his back three experiment again when Manchester United face Leicester City in a crunch Premier League clash on Sunday, believes Arsenal legend Martin Keown.

United take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium this weekend with a Champions League place on the line.

The Red Devils must only avoid defeat to confirm their place in the top European competition next season, while even a loss could see them through, if Chelsea lose to Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

However, they will not want to take that chance and Keown believes Solskjaer must stick to the formation that saw United achieve an 18-match unbeaten run, before it was ended by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend.

Against the Blues at Wembley, Solskjaer switched to three central defenders, fielding Eric Bailly alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, and it ended in a 3-1 defeat.

Keown feels that was a mistake that should not be repeated and United have their best chance if they return to how they played before that clash with Chelsea.

‘As for United, we saw how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surprisingly opted for a back three in their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea last weekend,’ Keown wrote for the Daily Mail.

‘The experiment failed and now United should be going back to what they know works. That is a 4-2-3-1 with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic as the two deep midfielders and Bruno Fernandes at No 10.’

United have not lost to Leicester in their last 11 matches against the Foxes and only once in their last 23 meetings, winning 18 of them.

Solskjaer insists his side will be going for the win at Leicester, despite only needing a draw to secure a top four finish.

‘We wanted to get to this position of having to go to Leicester to beat them and we’re not going to change our approach,’ said the Norwegian. ‘We want to dominate the game. We want to go there and try to win.

‘It’s not job done. Focus is vital in football. One lapse of concentration can hurt you.

‘We’ve given ourselves a good chance of the Champions League next season but we can’t go in thinking about the outcome.’

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