Van Gaal open to changing 3-5-2 formation

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side are gradually improving and has been pleased with his side’s ‘process’ in recent matches.

Despite disappointing results, Van Gaal appears to be seeing something supporters aren’t after one win in five matches and a frustrating use of the 3-5-2 formation.

That being said, Van Gaal is open to changing systems depending on players available and a growing sense of frustration surrounding the lack of chances created against Southampton.

Speaking to MUTV, Van Gaal said: “It is dependable on which system we use, for example the 3-5-2, Young is very suitable to play in this system.

“It is not only defensive organisation you have to judge, against Southampton we had 60% possession. We dominate but we lose.”

Injury to Young leaves United with Luke Shaw as the only available left-back and it is clear the 19-year-old isn’t as suited to the wing-back role, which is limiting what United can offer in a 3-5-2 formation.

Paul Scholes also had his say on the controversial 3-5-2 system but when questioned regarding the lack of scoring chances against Southampton, Van Gaal didn’t seem concerned over having zero shots on target

“In recent games I don’t agree,” Van Gaal said.

“Before that we played away at Spurs and has six big chances with same system.

“In the last phase of our attacks we have failed with the last pass and that is the most important pass, I hope we shall improve that.”

But overall, the manager appears pleased with United’s progress despite a run of one win in five league games.

“Our process is going up and that is the most important thing,” Van Gaal concluded.

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