Arsene Wenger defends Louis van Gaal’s ‘logical’ Man United tactics
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his Manchester United counterpart's recent tactics
Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Louis van Gaal following the recent criticism of Manchester United’s style of play.
The Dutchman raised eyebrows last week when he attempted to defend his team’s tactics in a news conference after West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce had accused the Red Devils of adopting a long ball approach to last weekend’s game at Upton Park.
There’s no reason for him to defend himself
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes also waded in on the tactical debate last week, admitting that he had found Van Gaal’s team “miserable” to watch at times this season.
However, Arsenal manager Wenger has defender his Old Trafford counterpart by insisting that the situation has been exaggerated in recent days.
“I didn’t understand what was the problem. Manchester United went a bit ‘longer’ in the last 10 minutes,” Arsenal manager Wenger told reporters at his pre-match news conference on Friday.
“I found that completely logical. There’s no reason for him to defend himself. An intelligent team knows how to exploit its strong points.
“I don’t even think Van Gaal said to his team ‘go longer’. But when they saw [Marouane] Fellaini on the pitch the guys at the back say, ‘Ah, I’ll kick it to Fellaini and then [Robin] van Persie or [Wayne] Rooney can score the goal’. It’s normal.”
Manchester United, who are currently in third place in the Premier League table, travel to Preston North End in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night.