How much longer will Louis van Gaal need to master the set-up of his Manchester United team…
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he’s still unsure on his best team and system, despite having been in the job for seven months. The Dutchman also admitted that he’ll keep experimenting until he discovers his best set-up.
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Van Gaal has already trialled 3-4-1-2, 4-3-1-2, 4-1-4-1, 3-3-2-2 and 4-1-3-1-1 so far this term, but currently favours a 4-1-2-1-2, including a diamond midfield that accommodates all of his best attacking talent. However, he’s still not satisfied.
“No, I don’t think so,” said Van Gaal, who was quoted by the Times, when asked if he was any closer to finding the right balance in his team.
“And that is also the difficulty of the system. I have already played five or six systems and I am looking still for the balance, but this system [a midfield diamond] is more attractive than normal and I can play with more attacking players.
“That’s the reason I am doing that. In spite of the fact that we are looking for the balance, our results are not bad and our defensive organisation is not bad. We also score a lot of goals. So I cannot say that I am very disappointed about that.
Former United star turned TV pundit Paul Scholes recently said: “there really is a problem”, when asked about the state of the current side, referring specifically to the club’s captain Wayne Rooney being used in midfield, with Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao up front.
Van Gaal recently revealed that he was not phased by the criticism, adding: “I don’t worry about it, it’s not so interesting I think because he [Scholes] is one of the fans, I hope, and he can criticise. Fans can criticise, and that’s not a problem. That’s what I have to say about that.
“I am used to it and I think all the players are used to it because they are not first-time professional football players.”
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