Rio Ferdinand: Why Man United can’t complain about Louis van Gaal

Rio Ferdinand says Louis van Gaal has stabilised Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United can’t have too many complaints about Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils were heavily criticised following a goalless stalemate with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Given that the Man United hierarchy looked beyond the man’s CV, they knew they were getting a manager who played a precise, possession-based game

Rio Ferdinand

However, United will qualify for the last 16 if they beat group leaders Wolfsburg in their final game on 8 December.

The Red Devils are a point behind Premier League leaders Leicester City ahead of Saturday’s clash at King Power Stadium.

But the 20-time English champions have scored just seven times in their last six Premier League games as Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial struggle up front.

Ferdinand, who called time on his United career in 2013, believes Van Gaal is making progress at Old Trafford but accepts their brand of football isn’t exciting.

“Manchester United knew what they were getting when they employed Louis van Gaal, so there can be no complaints now,” Ferdinand told The Sun.

“In many ways, why should there be, given where he has taken the club in 18 months?

“From seventh place to second and now, despite Wednesday’s goalless draw, they are within reach of the knockout stages of the Champions League.

“Given that the Man United hierarchy looked beyond the man’s CV, they knew they were getting a manager who played a precise, possession-based game.

“It is not a game in the best traditions of Old Trafford. Instead, he was someone who would stabilise the situation and put the club in with a chance of winning trophies again.

“That is what he is doing but, no, it is not very exciting.”

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games since a 3-0 loss to Arsenal on 4 October.

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