Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised the stellar football being employed by Louis van Gaal since his arrival at the club.
The Dutchman was regarded as the tackle genius who would finally get United back on track in terms of winning titles. This, however, has not materialised yet. Compared with the days of Sir Alex Ferguson when United simply blew away the opposition, Louis Van Gaal’s team have been struggling to break down the opposition. Ferdinand reckons that it is largely because of not playing a high tempo football.
There have even been occasions when Van Gaal has run out of ideas in search of a victory and used midfielder Marouane Fellaini as a striking option. This was not the case during the Ferguson days according to Ferdinand. The defender recently retired from football and is widely expected to take on a coaching career in the next few years. However, it may take something exceptional to see him as the manager of Manchester United. Assistant boss Ryan Giggs is being viewed as the eventual successor for Van Gaal, who has already announced plans to step down from his role once his current contract expires in 2017.
Van Gaal will want to win a trophy between now and 2017 in order to prove his doubters wrong.”Everything, In terms of players, the personnel and the way they play are completely different. You associate United with pace and power, explosive fantasy in the final third, but that’s not the way it is now. Man United fans are having to re-educate themselves on how you go in there and what you’re going to see. You’re not going to see what you saw for the last 25 years. It will be a completely different type of football, not football I enjoy watching as much and probably most Man United fans are like that,” said Ferdinand.