Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
New Delhi: Louis van Gaal has criticized Manchester United for the third time during the pre-season US tour. The Dutchman joined the Old Trafford outfit after leading Netherlands to a third place finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
First instance of Van Gaal`s criticism was directed at the schedule of club`s US tour. He said the rigorous fixture list disturbs the preparation of his team for the Premier League season. He also went on to say the team needed to adapt to his methods of preparation.
Van Gaal fired a second salvo when he said his team does not have the right balance that was required to adapt to his preferred formation. He also pin-pointed to the fact United have three or four number 10 players that led to too many options in the free-role and lack of depth in other positions.
And most recently, the the 62-year-old came down heavily on this play-makers after United beat AS Roma 3-2 in a pre-season match in Denver
He said: "I am pleased that we have won but it was not a good performance. 54,000 people came to watch us but we can perform much better. All my good passers failed today. I think it was because of the height and the air. Mata, Herrera and Kagawa - these are the best passers and everything went wrong. In the second half we forgot to keep the ball. When you are 3-0 ahead, the only thing you have to do is keep the ball in possession and the opponent has to run and run and run. We forgot to do that. We brought Roma back into the match."
It is widely known that Van Gaal has a firm yet authoritarian personality. There are already signs that unlike David Moyes, the Dutchman will impose his philosophy on the club, especially in terms of the brand of football that United play. The initial interactions of Van Gaal with the British media have asserted that fact.
His repeated criticism of the team may either be genuine or can be construed as an attempt to raise the bar of performance and push his players right away so they know what he expects from them.
Either way, another exciting character has entered the Premier League`s stable of managers and in due course of time, we can expect some strong statements and controversial quotes from the Dutch manager.