Louis van Gaal doesn’t feel he should be changing Manchester United’s formation so much but wants to find a balance he is yet to discover.
United adopted a 4-3-3 formation against Crystal Palace at the weekend to secure their first win in four games and due to the tactical change, United enjoyed an overwhelming amount of possession but showed very little cutting edge.
It was in stark contrast to the 4-4-2 formation used against the likes of Leicester City where chances were created in abundance at both ends and Van Gaal wants to find an equilibrium which has so far proved to be elusive.
“It’s too much, I agree,” said Van Gaal when questioned about United’s formation changes this season.
“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.”
As was always going to be the case at the start of Van Gaal’s tenure, there have been speedbumps but they are sandwiched between some great signs of progress. Now what the Dutchman really wants to find is a stable formation and starting XI that will help him build on that progress.