Louis Van Gaal reckons his side are doing well in recent matches despite the home fans wanting to see more from their star players. In the game against Sunderland, fans were left to chant “attack, attack, attack” when Jonny Evans passed the ball backward to David De Gea.
Van Gaal has urged the fans to understand that United cannot always play on the attack, it has to be a mix of flair and caution. Explaining his side of the things, Manchester United manager defended his side trying to involve David De Gea at every possible opportunity and stressed on how United have been keeping possession against most of the sides.
Van Gaal continued by saying that, at times there are different solution available for a player but if he chose to pass it back to the goalkeeper, there is no harm in that as he wants to take the safer option and does not want to commit a mistake because a mistake can lead to a goal against us. So the fans need to understand that as well.
However, Van Gaal did express his desire to see his side play at a higher tempo without involving De Gea, whom he called an important member of the team. Van Gaal said: “The goalkeeper is also the 11th player for us.”
“He can accelerate our game also and sometimes the solution is, via De Gea, to play forward. Of course it is more the English style of playing a match [to attack], but I think the fans have also enjoyed Manchester playing a possession game, so it is always a mix of both.”
Manchester United’s next game comes against Newcastle with the Red Devils needing a win to keep their hopes alive to finish in Top 4 this season. Ahead of the game, Van Gaal expressed his concerns over United giving away the possession cheaply in games.
He warned the players not to be arrogant on the pitch and try flashy passes. The manager has demanded his side to cut on the unnecessary ball losses as it creates pressure on the defenders and it becomes hard for them to keep a clean sheet.
Louis Van Gaal will need to pick his strongest playing 11 and go in with a clear tactic instead of trying to change things at half-time. Click to see Manchester United’s possible line-up for their game against Newcastle later tonight.
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