Rene Meulensteen: This is what Man United have forgotten under Louis van Gaal
Rene Meulensteen criticises Manchester United under Louis van Gaal
Rene Meulensteen says Manchester United have forgotten about their obligation to entertain the supporters under Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils finished in fifth place in the Premier League table after Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford in their final game of the season.
The obligation to entertain and play attacking and creative football was always the first thing on the sheet
The 20-time English champions scored just 49 times in 38 Premier League games this season, with the likes of Everton, Southampton and West Ham all out-scoring United.
Van Gaal, who is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford amid reports linking Jose Mourinho with United, can still finish the season on a high if the Red Devils beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
Former United assistant manager Meulensteen criticised his compatriot and the way the Red Devils have played under Van Gaal.
Speaking exclusively to 888sport, Meulensteen said: “I know where the fans are coming from because I’ve been part of the Manchester United set-up for over twelve years so I knew what was required and what Sir Alex Ferguson demanded.
“Yes there was pressure to win and get results but the way we got those results was always very important as well.
“The obligation to entertain and play attacking and creative football was always the first thing on the sheet. He (Van Gaal) realised 1-0s could win you leagues but there are different ways of winning 1-0.
“With adventure comes freedom to express. You need to give them the freedom to express themselves and allow them to make their own decisions. From that comes belief.”
United have failed to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish in two of the past three seasons.
Read the full 888sport interview with Rene Meulensteen here including his thoughts on how Sir Alex Ferguson would have reacted to the level of performance this season and why Scholes is right to criticise Louis Van Gaal.