A former Old Trafford manager has stepped in to the debate…
Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has warned current boss Louis van Gaal that he risks losing the support of fans if he continues to play boring football, reports the Daily Mirror.
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The Dutchman has come under pressure because of the way he has set up the Red Devils to play. Club legend Paul Scholes is one notable detractor of the 63-year-old’s style, and some supporters booed the team after their 3-1 victory over Burnley.
“Van Gaal’s record abroad is fantastic, with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax,” Docherty said.
“All those teams played great football under him. But he’s got to start producing very, very quickly at United. The supporters will expect them to be doing better than they are at the moment.
“Once the crowd start to get on you if you don’t give them what they want – and they’re the ones who pay your salary – they’ll start showing disillusionment with the way the team is playing.
“The fans at United have been brought up with great football – two wingers going down the touchline, raining crosses in to the strikers. That’s not happening.
“You’ve got to give the supporters what they want, and you can’t really see a lot of progress at the moment, with the money he’s already spent, let alone the money he’s set to spend this summer.
“With that, you have to guarantee success. They’ve still got a good chance of finishing in the top four and back into the Champions League, but the way they’re playing there’s no guarantee.”
After spending over £150 million on new players in the summer it had been expected that the Mancunian side would be doing better than they currently are.
They are struggling to stay in the top four ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and have found it difficult against smaller teams in the FA Cup.