Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has conceded that his side can be boring at times and it leaves him feeling angry.
Following on from United’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup at the weekend, a game in which a late Wayne Rooney penalty secured their place in the fourth round, the critics have been out in force again.
Having scored just seven goals in their last 10 games at Old Trafford, Van Gaal insisted that he was happy with the fact that they had won their last two outings, but admitted that the style of football isn’t always particularly pleasing on the eye.
“There are matches that I have enjoyed and there are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent’s defence,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“But that is football. Do you know that my primary concern is defence? I am not concerned about defending more than attacking. At this moment we have a lack of creativity and you can see that, but they have played well in the past, so they can do it.”
Van Gaal also defended his style of management by insisting that his communication and preparation is done during the week, and so he doesn’t feel the need to stand on the sidelines during games barking out instructions.
Nevertheless, regardless of the Dutchman’s reasonings, it will do little to stem the criticism that he will face unless his side begin to play with more attacking intent and excite the supporters.
United appeared to have turned the corner with a much-improved display against Chelsea at the end of December, before they ended an eight-game winless streak with a victory over Swansea earlier this month.
However, they have still failed to convince ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Newcastle United, as they look to close a nine-point gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Arsenal.