Kieran Trippier transfer pursuit hints at new positions for Man Utd's Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba
Manchester United are linked with a summer move for Trippier and his England usage at Euro 2020 could continue at Old Trafford
England secured a historic win over Germany on Tuesday night, defeating their arch rivals at Wembley by two goals to nil and knocking them out of Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate initially received criticism for his relatively defensive team selection before the match, in which he opted to switch to a back three formation.
Despite the noise around the line-up, England performed remarkable well and the tactics employed in the clash could inspire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United next season.
Southgate's 3-4-3 involved Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier performing as the team's wing-backs, with the latter strongly linked with a transfer to Old Trafford this summer.
Trippier is currently contracted to Atletico Madrid after moving from Tottenham in 2019 for around £20m, and he recently won La Liga under Diego Simeone's leadership.
Solskjaer has favoured 4-2-3-1 throughout his tenure at United, but adding Trippier to the squad would open up the possibility for the Red Devils boss to mix things up by adopting a back three shape.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been tipped as a possible centre-back option in the past despite his reliable showings as a right-back; it is reasonable to suggest that he could thrive on the right of a three-man central defensive trio.
Wan-Bissaka is very strong without the ball but in possession, he's still improving and doesn't yet offer the on-ball value of a player such as Trippier or Shaw. A right-sided centre-back role as part of a three could allow him to essentially do what he's good at.
Shaw could be another beneficiary; as a wing-back against Germany, he registered an assist for Raheem Sterling's goal, and also played the pass before Jack Grealish's assist, which was scored by Harry Kane to round up the performance.
The English defender joins a selection of Solskjaer's players who have been used in different roles at Euro 2020, including Paul Pogba who interestingly thrived as part of a back three shape in France's final game of the tournament, scoring from 30 yards against Switzerland.
A back four has been consistently employed by the Norwegian since his appointment but based on what has transpired this summer combined with Trippier's potential addition, perhaps Solskjaer could consider a formational switch at times next season.
The former Spurs full-back could be the man to enforce new positions for each of Wan-Bissaka, Shaw and Pogba.