Manchester United’s 2-0 win over QPR last week gave the Red Devils their first three points in four Premier League matches, but the style didn’t sate everyone.
Sky Sports writes of fan unrest with Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2, as well as some criticism from former United star Gary Neville. Now a pundit, Neville wants United to attack more.
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The players, insist Manchester United mid Daley Blind, just want to win. Van Gaal is leading them there, and that’s all they require.
Complaints over Van Gaal’s tactics are familiar to Blind, who was part of a Netherlands team that finished third at the World Cup despite criticism from some of the country’s football greats.
He said: “(Van Gaal) makes players better and he makes teams better. I like that in a coach. That is his most important asset. It was the same when I was with him with Holland. He wanted to make the team better. As the team gets better, individuals started standing out as well.
“We didn’t play very great football at the World Cup but we were a team and we were winning games, and we started playing better after winning. You change the system and you get better, you become a team and you start winning.”
For neutral, it’s easy to forget how much pressure and unrest there is around the Old Trafford set. Manchester United seems ahead of schedule and is within shouting distance of the top of the table, which seemed unfathomable when the Red Devils held a 3W-4D-3L record after losing the Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium on Nov. 2.
So… United fan: things are fine. And they’ll probably get better sooner rather than later. Exhale.