Louis van Gaal’s vision for how Manchester United should play has turned out to be less clear than the world was lead to believe when he became the storied club’s head coach over the summer. As the Guardian points out, the Dutchman has deployed three different formations using several different players since the Premier League season started 12 games ago.
“It’s too much, I think, I agree,” van Gaal replied when asked about his tinkering following seventh-place United’s narrow 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday. “But I’m looking for the balance and when you see the last four matches we have had more balance because we haven’t conceded many goals. Nevertheless, we don’t score so much. With the other system we scored a lot of goals.”
The former Netherlands coach went on to bemoan the number of injuries he has had to endure so early in the season. “We have to ensure we maintain that we are in a position that we can be in the first four positions,” he said. “Of course, we need to raise our level. It’s a matter of time but it’s also a matter of getting over a lot of injuries. When you have nine injuries and also a suspended player then that is always more difficult because I cannot select a lot of players. I can only line up 11 players because I don’t have the players in the positions that I want to play.”