Liverpool legend MOCKS LVG saying team played like Giggs was in charge
Manchester United showed plenty of attacking moves against Chelsea and former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher thinks it was not a typical Louis van Gaal performance.
Jamie Carragher has said Manchester United’s performance against Chelsea was like what he would have expected to see from a team that is managed by Ryan Giggs, not Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch manager’s winless run stretched to eight matches following the goalless stalemate at Old Trafford, but the draw at least managed to put an end to a run of 4 consecutive defeats.
After the majority of the supporters claimed that United have been playing boring blunt football under van Gaal, the Red Devils showed an impressive attacking performance against fellow strugglers Chelsea, hitting the post and crossbar twice before the break.
Seeing the chances they created, the whole team will feel they should have beaten the Blues, and Carragher now says the attacking display was exactly what fans have been crying out for the past two months.
“If I hadn’t read a paper or watched television in the last 48 hours, I’d have thought it was Ryan Giggs’s first game in charge,” Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher wrote in the Daily Mail.
“I’m not saying he was responsible for tactics but this was not a typical Louis van Gaal performance from Manchester United. This looked like the team of old with the way they attacked and pressed.”
Carragher also went on to criticise Chelsea’s first-half performance, alleging they played as if they were a team battling to avoid relegation.
“It would have been a travesty had Chelsea snatched a winning goal,” Carragher further said. “For 45 minutes they actually looked like a team fighting relegation.”
The Jose Mourinho scarves on sale just outside Old Trafford before kick-off set the stage. The build-up to this crunch match suggested that it wouldn’t take much to destroy Louis van Gaal, so a sixth goalless draw from 12 home fixtures might have left him doomed, frustrated, but somehow an improved performance, and the scenario of United fans applauding the under pressure manager down the tunnel, concluded a strange evening at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal had made it clear immediately ahead of United’s previous home fixture against Norwich that when the supporters call for their team to go for attacking moves what they actually mean is that they want results (goals). There was some evidence last night indicating the difference between those two demands, and despite not scoring a single one, United fans were at least encouraged by their team’s intent to attack.
After their Boxing Day flop-show at the Britannia Stadium, Manchester United finally showed the fans something to cheer and they showed it to van Gaal also. “You have seen that the players are fighting for me,” he said after the match. Now results will need to follow this improved performance against Chelsea before the traders outside Old Trafford are forced to bin those Mourinho scarves for good.
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