Man United club legend slams Van Gaal over playing style


Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has criticised manager Louis van Gaal for destroying the squad’s style of play, according to London Evening Standard, as reported by the Express.

The former club centre-back accused the Dutchman of changing all the strategies that were in place from the time when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge.

United have struggled since the start of the current campaign as their attack has now come under question from Ferdinand after failing to display regular attacking football.

“What is different between the philosophy of Manchester United under Van Gaal and Manchester United under Ferguson? Everything,” he said.

“In terms of players, the personnel are completely different, and they way they play. You associate Manchester United with pace and power, explosive fantasy in the final third, but that’s not the way it is now.”

They began the season with two consecutive 1-0 victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, before picking up a point in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle United followed by a 2-1 loss against Swansea City.

It will not get any easier for the Red Devils as they will now face rivals Liverpool once the Premier League returns to action this weekend.

There has also been speculation in recent days that a number of players have express their concerns over Van Gaal’s coaching methods, adding more negativity in the build up to their clash with the Reds.