Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has countered the criticism on his “boring” team, saying he’s sometimes bored and angry too, according to Sky Sports.
United once again failed to impress during the weekend, narrowly eliminating Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup. Van Gaal and his team found themselves in a storm of critcism, with the likes of Paul Scholes going crazy about their “boring” style of play.
“You’ve just seen 90 minutes of boring, defensive football. The players are bored, fans are bored, everyone’s bored. You look across at the bench and Van Gaal looks bored as well,” said the United legend.
The Dutchman has now come with a statement to defend himself. As it turns out, Scholes was absolutely right when he said even the boss himself gets bored with United’s play:
“There are matches that I have enjoyed and there are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent’s defence,” said van Gaal.
“But that is football. Do you know that my primary concern is defence? I am not concerned about defending more than attacking. At this moment we have a lack of creativity and you can see that, but they have played well in the past, so they can do it.
The United boss has also been criticised for not leaving his bench enough and therefore not yelling at his players. But the Dutchman defends himself by saying he’s not Alex Ferguson and that every manager coaches with a different style.
He also said United fans should be happy about qualifying for the next round of the FA Cup:
“You have to be happy as a Manchester United fan that we are in the next round and we have won the last two games. The fans have to know that we can’t always play fantastic football. And that was also the case in former days. I’m sorry, but it is like that.”
Manchester United are currently ranked fifth in the Premier League table, with 33 points. The Red Devils are trailing leaders Arsenal by nine points and have scored just 24 goals in 20 league matches. United were also eliminated from the Champions League.
Therefore, the club has been searching for new offensive input. They saw a £37 million offer for Felipe Anderson rejected by Lazio and have also come up short in their pursuit of Southampton’s Sadio Mane. Van Gaal recently stated that he doesn’t expect United to make a move during the winter transfer window.