Louis van Gaal: Why I don’t like Man United playing 4-4-2

Louis van Gaal explains why he prefers a 3-5-2 formation to a traditional 4-4-2

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he does not enjoy seeing his Manchester United side play in a 4-4-2 formation because it makes him uncomfortable.

The Red Devils are yet to settle on a regular system since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford last summer.

United have played both 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 formations in recent weeks as Van Gaal looks to determine his preferred system for the Red Devils.

However, the Dutchman says that he feels his team have been “unbalanced” when deployed in a traditional 4-4-2 formation.

“We have won more with 4-4-2 in a diamond, but when you analyse the game then we have twitched on the bench,” Van Gaal told a news conference on Thursday.

“I have twitched because we were out of balance. All the matches when we play 4-4-2 like against West Ham United it was always twitching and I don’t like it.

“They are still not comfortable [with 3-5-2]. That is very important that they are comfortable. I would like them to feel more comfortable. But we have to do our preparation in the season so we are doing a lot of things during the matches.

“But we have had a fantastic run of results except Southampton at home. Up to now I am pleased and we are going in the right way.”

United take on Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night after their 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League last weekend.

The Red Devils are currently fourth in the Premier League table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 22 games as they look to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

Their next league game is a home clash with Leicester City at Old Trafford.

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