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Manchester United’s Long Ball Tactics Defended By Arsenal Boss Of All People

Wenger sticks up for van Gaal over direct approach.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended Louis van Gaal’s use of Marouane Fellaini as a target man after recent criticism of the Manchester United boss, ESPN reports.

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The Frenchman feels van Gaal should not need to explain himself or defend his style, saying it is natural for teams to revert to a more direct approach if there is a tall and strong player upfront.

“There was no reason for Van Gaal to defend himself,” Wenger said.

“Players have an intelligence. A team plays naturally to its strong point and an intelligent team knows how to exploit the strong points.

“I don’t think Van Gaal said to them go longer. When they see [Marouane] Fellaini on the pitch, the guy at the back says, ‘Ah, I can kick it to Fellaini.’ Then [Robin] van Persie or [Wayne] Rooney can score the goal. This is normal.”

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