Louis van Gaal blasts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United tactics
Former Man United manager Louis van Gaal is critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics
Louis van Gaal has accused Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of “parking the bus” after Manchester United’s Champions League exit last week.
The Dutch coach wasn’t impressed with Manchester United’s tactics for their 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.
Manchester United limped out of the competition in disappointing fashion to end their slim chances of finishing the season with some silverware.
The result left the Red Devils having lost five of their last seven games in all competitions ahead of their Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.
Indeed, Solskjaer has a poor record since Manchester United confirmed the former Norway international as Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement.
And ex-Manchester United manager Van Gaal didn’t hold back in his assessment of Solskjaer’s tactical approach at the 20-time English champions.
“I can see how Ole had some impact in the beginning, because United were ninth in the table when he took over and the team was nothing,” Van Gaal told the Daily Mirror.
“United had been playing anti-football, as I call it, but don’t think that Ole isn’t afraid to park the bus either — he is more defensive than you think.
“I have been watching the team, because I always look at United still, and Ole parked the bus against Arsenal. He did it against Tottenham in the league. And at stages against Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the Champions League.
“He plays against all the big teams like that. The emphasis is more on defending than on attacking or wanting to play dominant football.
“I actually call it parking the bus. Ole does it not just outside the 18-yard box. He parks the bus right in front of [goalkeeper] David de Gea.”
Manchester United – who lost 4-0 to Everton on Sunday – haven’t won the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge in 2013.
The Red Devils regressed under David Moyes, Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho as all three managers failed to restore Man United to the pinnace of English football.
Manchester United are facing speculation surrounding some of their key players as Solskjaer prepares for his first summer transfer window as Red Devils boss.
The 20-time English champions finished in second place last term.