Time for Louis Van Gaal to listen to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs – take the shackles off

Date: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 2:16 pm
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By Dave Smith


FOLLOWING three successive goalless draws, Louis Van Gaal has faced criticism over Manchester United’s style, with former midfielder Paul Scholes saying he would ‘not enjoy’ playing in the current side.

A number of United fans I know, and who attend matches at Old Trafford and beyond on a regular basis, are of the same opinion.

David de Gea speaks for himself; the defence has been massively improved with Chris Smalling outstanding, and United are capable of keeping the ball for fun.

But my mates tell me, and TV experts back it up, they United are ‘over-playing, over passing’ and there’s not enough speed to their attacks.

All of which means opposition midfielders and defenders have plenty of time to get back and cover positions – and make sure Rooney and Co are given as little space as possible.

Hardly rocket science and whilst Van Gaal does love his players, from back to front, to be comfortable in possession and keep the ball for long periods; it’s going against the United.

My United pals are becoming frustrated and LVG’s assistant Ryan Giggs, one of the best flying wingers of all time, must be pulling out his grey hairs.

When he and David Beckham were hairing down the wings and providing chance after chance for the likes of Cole, Yorke and Van Nistelrooy, United were a joy to watch. And a nightmare to stop.

Not anymore. It’s all too cautious, stagnated and it’s little wonder Rooney is getting so few opportunities to do what he does best.

Yes, Martial has done well in spurts but he’s going to find it tough if United keep playing this way. Time for Giggsy to have a word with LVG and tell him ‘take the shackles off’.

The Dutchman responded to criticism of his ‘pass, pass, pass’ policy  in his pre-match news conference, saying: “I have seen periods and tendencies in Manchester United like in other clubs. It was not always the big Theatre of Dreams.”

Not exactly sure what he’s grasping at; maybe that United have not always been an amazing attacking force. Not even at times under Fergie.

They have enough quality players to up the tempo though and big money was spent in the summer on the likes of Martial, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin to provide something better than what United fans are seeing.

Ahead of tonight’s game against CSKA, Van Gaal suggested on the BBC website that Memphis Depay is struggling with confidence after being left out of the Dutch national squad.

“Every player needs a boost when he is out of the team and Memphis is not an exception,” added Van Gaal. “The consequence of not being in the national selection is because he is not playing that well.

“It is always the same – a player always has to perform well, otherwise there will be other players compared and the coach will make a choice.”

Time to start making the right choices Louis. And time for United to get back to doing what they have always done best – attack, attack, attack. The fans demand it.


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