Van Gaal poses Solskjaer’s bag theory; names major flaw in Man Utd’s formation


Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said the Red Devils may wait until the end of the season to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Current United manager Solskjaer has continued to face pressure this season after mixed form.

Although his side haven’t lost in the Premier League in five matches, this streak of results has proven to be costly. Indeed, Uni often had to come from behind to claim victory.

However, United also left the Champions League in the middle of that unbeaten run. As such, discussions about Solskjaer’s long-term future at Old Trafford have not gone away.

Solskjaer is the fourth coach United have turned to since Sir Alex Ferguson left. Indeed, the Dutchman Van Gaal was sacked in 2016, moments after winning the FA Cup.

however, the 69 years old said that while Solskjaer’s status as a hat-trick legend protects him, he insisted the Norwegian could follow the same fate as him.

“Solskjaer is a former player, so they won’t fire him as quickly as someone else,” Van Gaal told Daily Mirror.

“United will not be sacking a coach during this particular season Solskjaer. I see all the stories about Solskjaer and his future in the media.

“But they waited by sacking me until the end of the season and it could happen to him.

Much of United’s form inconsistency stems from Solskjaer’s inability to stick with a formation. Indeed, while 4-2-3-1 is his desired setup, he has played different systems during his two years at the helm.

Van Gaal also questioned whether Solskjaer was effectively training his players to adapt to different formations.

Van Gaal names Man Utd fault

“The football he brings is that of a counter-attacking team. He always adapts to his opponents, ”said the Dutchman.

“And he’s playing different systems all the time. Against Southampton it’s 4-4-2, in the next game there are 5 defenders, then it’s 4-2-3-1.

“You could say he uses the qualities of his players, but at West Ham United they were outclassed in the first half.

“It was only when Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes they made the difference. Using different systems is okay, but my question would be does it train players to use these systems properly?

“Because it’s essential that if you change these different playing systems, it has to be done the right way. It depends less on the quality of the players than on the actual practice of a system in training.

United return to action on Sunday against Leeds at Old Trafford.

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