Jose Mourinho has always been a manager that favours a front three.
Mourinho started Alexis Sanchez through the middle against Bournemouth, with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata either side of the Chilean.
According to Mourinho, he wants his Manchester United front three to be more flexible.
Mourinho insists he loves playing a front three where there is no clear definition of the winger as a winger.
“You know, the way I like to play is with three attacking players where there is not a clear definition of the winger as a winger,” Mourinho said.
“And I like the winger is somebody with a striker or formation or with a striker appetite and I always had that in my team with wingers scoring a lot of goals, sometimes even more goals than the striker.
“So is not impossible at all to have in the same team and at the same time Romelu Lukaku or Alexis, for example. But today Romelu was not available and we thought Alexis could do what he did, he had a good assist, mobility, he create some problems.”
Cristiano Ronaldo outscored Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain when he played under Mourinho at Real Madrid while Arjen Robben and Damien Duff were regular goalscoring threats in Mourinho’s first two title-winning Chelsea teams.