Tactics behind poor Di Maria & Falcao form, says ex-Gunner.
Former Arsenal striker and BBC Match of the Day pundit John Hartson has hit out at Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal over his tactics in the 1-1 draw with West Ham United.
In his analysis on BBC Sport, the Welshman said that the Red Devils were poor in attack in particular, with Angel di Maria not used in his best role and the strikers Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao starved of service.
“With the talent that United manager Louis van Gaal has got in forward positions, I was expecting a lot more from them in front of goal this season,” he said.
“But, as we saw against the Hammers, the dynamic is not working at present. Part of that is down to the system that Van Gaal is using, which does not get the best out of his players.
“Di Maria played at the tip of United’s midfield diamond against West Ham but I don’t think playing centrally suits him.
“He had one of his best games for United when they used that system against QPR in September, but he was playing on the left of the diamond, behind Juan Mata. Rooney and Van Persie.
“The great United teams I played against in the 1990s would swamp you down the wings and put lots of crosses in for their strikers.
“This team does not do that, and it means the two front men, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, have to do a lot of work outside the area.”