Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images

Heckingbottom hints at changing trusted but failing 3-5-2 system at Sheffield United

Paul Heckingbottom has hinted Sheffield United could deviate away from 3-5-2 this weekend.

The Blades have played the formation almost exclusively since Chris Wilder became manager nearly five years ago.

Yet with the system failing to produce results this season, many are wondering why Heckingbotom is persevering.

The caretaker manager hasn’t switched from Wilder’s tactics ever since replacing him on an interim basis a month ago.

The Blades have lost all four matches in all competitions since then. Not only have results been poor, but so have the performances.

Could The 'Brazilian Super League' Rival Europe's Elite?

Which is why some fans are wondering why Heckingbottom is sticking with the system.

Wilder was very dedicated to the setup and players have been signed specifically to fit into it. The 53-year-old defended it on several occasions earlier in 2020/21 when it was questioned.

Understandably so, with it bringing much success – including two promotions and a highest top flight finish since 1992.

Yet with Wilder gone and relegation almost confirmed, why keep persisting with it?

Could Sheffield United drop the 3-5-2?

Photo by Rui Vieira – Pool/Getty Images

Heckingbottom has suggested he is open to change, occasionally altering the shape midway through games.

But could the 43-year-old take an even bigger risk and select something new from the start?

“If we can’t change the personnel, the system we can change,” Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield. “We’d be foolish not to look at it.

“We want to keep fighting to the death, to the very end. To do that we need to pick up results.

“We’re always looking to improve and being able to change the shape is something we could possibly do.”

Next up for United is ta trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening.

Anything but victory could see relegation confirmed. Perhaps we could see something different to try and earn those three points.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know