Van Gaal has once again been forced to come out and defend his decision not to play 4-4-2.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that he does not like to play a 4-4-2 formation because it gives him a “twitchy a**e”.
With the Dutchman once again having been forced to come out into the press and defend his decision to regularly stick with a 3-5-2 formation.
The unease that both supporters and pundits have expressed with van Gaal’s decision to stick with his three at the back formation for the majority of the season came to a head last weekend as chants of “4-4-2” were audible from the away end at Loftus Road.
Yet whilst van Gaal relented on that occasion and switched his formation in the second half, it looks unlikely to be a long term option.
Explaining his aversion to play with a 4-4-2 formation on a regular basis, the 63-year-old explained that he feels as though it gives his team a lack of control in the game or, referencing an old Sir Alex Ferguson quote, gives him a twitchy bottom:
“I said to my players I was squeezing my a*** but it was the wrong expression, I have twitched my a*** on the bench because we were out of balance,” van Gaal was quoted by the Sun.
“We lost the game at Leicester 5-3 and that was undeserved.
“And all the matches when we’ve played 4-4-2, like against West Ham, it was always twitching your a*** and I don’t like it.”
United fans may suggest that they get the same feeling from van Gaal’s insistence on continuing with his 3-5-2 system, but it would appear that it is here to stay.