Manchester United's players continue to disappoint the fans of this club. After another defeat, this time by Newcastle United, many fear for Manchester United's chances of playing in the Champions League next year. Of course, there is a lot left until the end of the season, but performances like this do not inspire optimism.
Garry Neville, the legend of the club, is not satisfied with Erik ten Hag's ideas and what he is currently doing. Neville singled out one coach who was the only one who impressed him after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
‘You can play poorly and win but Manchester United have been doing that now for a long time,’ Neville said on The Gary Neville Podcast, as quoted by METRO! ‘I was critical of Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and I felt his football didn’t suit the club and how Manchester United should play, which is more the Klopp style of play, I’m going to use a current manager who plays really electric football, fast, pressing, get it forward, be a bit more direct.
I can’t think of a team since Louis van Gaal… Louis van Gaal dominated football matches at Manchester United, there was a style of play.'
Garry Neville on Louis van Gaal style
Although at certain moments it looks like Manchester United can do great things, the fans quickly come back to reality.
The fact is that the club from Old Trafford has a problem playing with teams that are at the top. Erik ten Hag will have to think carefully about what to change. ‘There’s only Louis van Gaal since Sir Alex Ferguson that’s been able to implement a style of play at the club.
Since Louis van Gaal I don’t think I’ve seen a pattern of play established, and that’s probably seven or eight years now. I’ve seen the same type of football, irrespective of who the manager is, no manager as been able to settle on a style of play.
And it goes something like, counter-attack, moments, maybe dominate against lesser teams at Old Trafford and look like you can play a little bit but don’t kid us because every time you play against a top team you get done, and that’s been seven or eight years.'