Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted that his side were ‘so good, that they were boring’ in their previous performances.
Speaking in his press conference after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Watford, as reported by ESPN FC, the Dutchman joked that he thought their overall positional play in previous weeks was so good that he had read it had been described as boring.
United have struggled for goals this season as they have the lowest total for goals scored of the top seven sides in the Premier League table with just 19.
That has been put down to Van Gaal’s preference to see his side play a more methodical and patient game, which in turn has led to criticism from the media and certain sections of supporters who want to see the side attack with more urgency and pace.
However, the former Ajax boss has not wavered in his philosophy and approach and is clearly adamant that the Red Devils can be successful with his methods, and it appears as though it is working to this point.
United sit just a point adrift of current league leaders Leicester City, as they leapfrogged both Manchester City and Arsenal this weekend after they lost to Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
Naturally, they haven’t fully convinced as of yet as there was an element of luck in their winning goal against Watford, with Troy Deeney unable to divert Bastian Schweinsteiger’s effort away from the back of the net after Memphis Depay had given them the lead with an impressive finish.
With both Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney missing through injury, Van Gaal has bemoaned the injury crisis that his squad are currently suffering with, as reported by The Express, and that certainly won’t help put their goalscoring struggles behind them.
United face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday night before travelling to Leicester next weekend, and so it promises to be a pivotal week for Van Gaal and his men in their bid to continue to compete for silverware on various fronts.