The manager gets lost in translation.
Louis van Gaal has come under fire recently for refusing to deviate from his 3-5-2 formation at Manchester United and revert back to a more sturdy and recognised 4-4-2.
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Louis van Gaal insists he will IGNORE Manchester United fans’ pleas for tactical change.
Manchester United fans annoyed with Louis van Gaal’s tactics.
Red Devils fans at Loftus Road could be heard chanting ‘4-4-2’ as van Gaal’s men edged their way to a 2-0 victory over QPR in the Premier League in a game they looked far from comfortable in.
Yet the Dutchman says he will not give into the whim of the supporters and has revealed exactly why he doesn’t like playing the traditional formation.
“I know the stats are giving the positive results that we have won more with 4-4-2 in a diamond,” van Gaal was quoted by CaughtOffside.
“But when you analyse the game then we have twitched our ass on the bench.
“I said to my players I was ‘squeezing my ass’, but it was the wrong expression. I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance.
“We lost the game against Leicester City 5-3 and that was undeserved. And all the matches when we play with 4-4-2, like against West Ham, it was always twitching your ass and I don’t like it.”
It’s believed that the comments from van Gaal were in reference to the famous phrase coined by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson – ‘squeaky bum time.’
Man United are also expected to stick with 3-5-2 when they take on Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.