The Dutch manager started the season playing 3-5-2, but has changed systems repeatedly…
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he has changed the playing system too much and that this has affected the team’s performance, and that Angel di Maria doesn’t pass enough, reports Goal.com.
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The 63-year-old got the Red Devils playing a 3-5-2 formation originally, but has since changed the system repeatedly due to injuries and form. They have played a 4-2-3-1, 4-1-4-1, and other combinations in the months since.
Against Crystal Palace on Saturday the side played a 4-1-4-1 and struggled to score goals.
“It’s too much [change to formation] I think, I agree. But I’m looking for the balance and when you see the last four matches, we have had more balance because we haven’t conceded many goals. Nevertheless, we don’t score so much. With the other system, we scored a lot of goals.”
This formation has also led to the waning of Angel Di Maria’s influence, with the Argentine struggling to find the performances that he was producing earlier in the season when he scored three goals in his first four games. Van Gaal has claimed that this is because the £59.7 million man does not pass it enough. He hauled the record signing off after 70 minutes on the weekend.
“He has played today in a very small space and he is a dribbler but sometimes you cannot dribble. You have to make it a pass game, and Di Maria is not a player who wants to give a pass every time he gets the ball.”