Michael Carrick: Man United winning is more important than tactics

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carricks says there is an awful lot made of tactics

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Michael Carrick says Manchester United winning is more important than Louis van Gaal’s tactics.

The Red Devils have been criticised for their conservative approach in recent weeks, which has yielded just two goals in their last five games.

Obviously our game is based on possession and dominating teams with possession. But at the end of the day, you have to score. That’s the name of the game

Michael Carrick

Van Gaal’s men ended a four-game winless run with a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night thanks to Wayne Rooney’s winner.

And England international Carrick played down the significance of United’s tactics ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

“It’s about winning, isn’t it?” Carrick told reporters after their 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow. “Winning games and trophies.

“Of course we want to play exciting football and score loads of goals, but it’s not always easy when teams are coming and putting 10 men behind the ball. It’s difficult.

“I think there’s an awful lot made of tactics these days. People like to talk about that a lot more now than they did in the past.

“Different managers have different systems and the way they set the teams up. That’s just the nature of the game.

“Obviously our game is based on possession and dominating teams with possession. But at the end of the day, you have to score. That’s the name of the game.

“I don’t think it’s more conservative [under Van Gaal]. I just think it’s slightly different, in some ways, but not all ways.”

United are top of Group B ahead of Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg ahead of their home clash against the Dutch side.

The Red Devils have scored five times in four Champions League games this season.

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Van Gaal’s side are in fourth place in the Premier League table after goalless draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at the weekend.

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