Johnny Giles: Why I can’t see any hope for Louis van Gaal’s Man United
Johnny Giles criticises Louis van Gaal's decision to go long ball in goalless draw with PSV
Johnny Giles says he can’t see any hope for Manchester United if Louis van Gaal persists with Marouane Fellaini as a plan b, long-ball option.
The Red Devils struggled to a goalless draw with Eredivisie holders PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League at Old Trafford night on Wednesday night.
Van Gaal introduced 6ft 3ins Belgium midfielder Fellaini in the 57th minute in hope of a winner, prompting United to resort to long ball.
However, the 20-time English champions couldn’t find a way past the Dutch side despite Fellaini playing up front for the best part of half hour.
Former United midfielder Giles didn’t enjoy the Champions League match as a spectacle, questioning Van Gaal’s tactics in the second half at Old Trafford.
“It is terrible to watch,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“I didn’t like watching it. The manager should have been encouraging his players to do the right things regardless of the score.
“He put Fellaini up front and started to bang it up. He is responsible for that. If that is his philosophy, I can’t see any hope for Man United.”
The Red Devils can hoist themselves about leaders Leicester City with victory over the Foxes at King Power Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off.
United are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games.