The boos were ringing around Old Trafford as Manchester United ended their match against West Ham in a goalless draw. While United did dominate possession, it was West Ham who had the better chances and even hit the bar twice. The fans were upset at the lack of urgency and attacking impetus of Manchester United, something that have blamed on the ‘philosophy’ of Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has made them tough to beat, the Red Devils have only lost twice in the league season so far and more importantly they have conceded only 10 goals in 15 games.
The issue that fans are stating is that they have scored only 20 times in the 15 games, not the way Manchester United are known to do things but apart from all this, the club still sit three points off the top of the table and could well win the league. Louis van Gaal has defended his methods and for good measure, he is getting the results, alright they aren’t they best team to watch this season and more people have been put off by their performances but as we have stated earlier this is a pragmatic Manchester United team.
Louis van Gaal is still building the team – though he should have gotten the formula with the transfers right this season at least – the team just need an extra dose of attacking power and that could well be the finished article for the team. United are dominating games and the possession they get out of it will be converted to goals sooner or later. The fact that their attacking players are all playing below par can be contributed to Van Gaal’s tactics, but a bit of the problem lies with the players also.
Wayne Rooney has had a horrible season thus far and needs to find his scoring boots, even last season he wasn’t at his best, but that was masked by Van Gaal’s first season. Anthony Martial has shown glimpses of his talent and Memphis still needs time to get his boots going.
Even with all these ‘problems’ United are still close to the top of the league and can also make it to the next round of the UEFA Champions League if they play their cards right at Wolfsburg. The first step into building a great title winning side is getting the defence and goalkeeping situation right, Jose Mourinho did that first with Chelsea and Louis van Gaal is doing the same with United.
Sure they aren’t attractive but turning Chris Smalling into one of the best defenders in the world takes some doing and credit has to be given to Van Gaal and Smalling for achieving this. Van Gaal also fought tooth and nail to keep hold of David de Gea while most would have let him go to Real Madrid for a thick wad of cash. Louis van Gaal is getting more things right than wrong at Manchester United, he might be arrogant and tough to deal with but come to the end of the season if United win the league, would anyone be complaining? Probably not, United just need to get the attack clicking and maybe a couple of shrewd buys in the January transfer window would get the trick done for the Red Devils.