Thierry Henry: Louis van Gaal doesn’t allow Man United players to fly

Thierry Henry says Louis van Gaal must allow his Manchester United players to express themselves

Thierry Henry says Louis van Gaal has to let his Manchester United players express themselves more.

The Red Devils slumped to successive defeats in all competitions on Saturday night after a surprise 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

Marouane Fellaini cancelled out Junior Stanislas’s second-minute opener before Joshua King scored from a set-piece to seal three points for the Cherries.

United are still in fourth place and three points behind leaders Leicester City, although the Premier League pace-setters face Chelsea on Monday night.

However, former Arsenal striker Henry believes Van Gaal is paying the price for clipping his players’s wings.

“It seems like the players aren’t enjoying it,” Henry told Sky Sports. “There is no fun there.

“It is too rigid and it is very predictable. You have to let the players express themselves in the final third. It seems like they’re not allowed to fly at times.

“We saw it with Angel di Maria. He was great when he first arrived but he had to do some stuff that he wasn’t used to doing.”

The Red Devils have won just eight of their 16 Premier League games this season, including three draws and a defeat in their last six top-flight outings.

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Van Gaal’s side were dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night after a 3-2 defeat by Wolfsburg in Germany.

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