Louis Van Gaal has admitted system changes at Manchester United have been far from ideal this season and have hampered his side’s chances of climbing up the table.
The Dutchman, however, insisted that third change in formation this season was forced upon him by a series of injury, rather than out of tactical belief and hinted that United might revert to a different system, as the current formation has seen goals drying up.
In May last year Yannick Bolasie tore past Glenn Johnson, exposing him for the over weight, overrated and over priced footballer he really is. Powering into the penalty area and whipping in a delightful cross for Dwight Gayle to stab into the net, willed on by United fans across the globe, and in doing so destroying all hope for Liverpool fans that it might finally be their year.
Make us dream, scousers whispered into their tear soaked Luis Suarez jerseys, possession of which was soon to become as painful as waking up to another day in Liverpool.
Louis Van Gaal is not planning any January signings, unless one of his main targets becomes available, according to reports that will come to a surprise to many, who expected the Dutchman to splash money again this winter.
Having spent over £150m in the summer, Van Gaal was expected to use the January transfer window to shore up United’s shaky defence, but the Guardian today suggests that the Dutchman is unlikely to spend money in two months, choosing instead to focus on next summer.
Louis Van Gaal could give youth a chance against Crystal Palace and hand James Wilson his first start of the campaign, while dropping Robin Van Persie to the bench.
Much had been made of United’s firepower following the transfer window, but with Radamel Falcao sidelined with an injury and Van Persie struggling for form, United are yet to fully click into gear in the final third of the pitch.
Louis Van Gaal is determined to sign Ron Vlaar in January as he attempts to solve the defensive crisis that has crippled Manchester United since the start of the season.
With Jonny Evans having only just returned to training, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo out injured and Chris Smalling suspended after his brainless sending off in the derby, United only have two centre-backs available, but Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair are too raw to be relied upon for a whole season.
Marcos Rojo could be set for shorter spell on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder than originally thought, after the his father reportedly told an Argentinian TV his son would miss only two or three games.
On Monday, United seemed concerned that the Argentine could miss up to six weeks, with reports suggesting the centre-back could be out until January, but Rojo’s father told Argentine TV station TN.com that the injury wasn’t as serious as initially feared.
Gary Neville has defended Robin Van Persie’s performances, saying that the Dutchman’s poor start to the campaign was down to a lack of help from his teammates, who must do more to help him.
Van Persie has scored three times in nine Premier League games and has come under criticism for looking uninterested and for not being as sharp in front of goal as he was during the World Cup in Brazil and Neville admitted the former Arsenal captain was beginning to be under pressure.
The good ol’ days
With defeat to City in the first derby of the season leaving United in ninth and four points off fourth, the sinister sounds of Moyes’ apologists seems to suggest that many of them are crawling out of the woodwork with the intention of telling United fans that things are not getting better and even suggesting that matters are worse.
This might be an opportunity to inform sympathisers of the dour Glaswegian as to why many Reds would rather be forced to stare at Adrian Chiles seemingly melting face for all eternity rather than sit through another season of Moyesesque football.