Evans defends Van Gaal’s formation changes

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s Jonny Evans believes that Louis van Gaal’s controversial policy of playing three of the back has its benefits and that it is a good learning process for the team.

Currently, Man United are third in the Premier League, in the last 16 of the FA Cup and have only lost one of their last 16 games in all competitions.

Despite this, some fans have criticised Van Gaal’s decision to change formations in recent games but Evans has rejected the criticism, saying it will help the team in the long-term.

Speaking about Van Gaal’s methods, Evans said: ”I think the lads have taken a lot on board. At times, you know, it has been tough and it takes time. We’ve been used to playing a certain way for a number of years then the change [of manager] happens and he wants us to play a certain way.

“So it does take time for those things to become second nature. But I think you are starting to see that now.”

“I think the fact that the formation has changed has taught the lads an awful lot. Coming into games, if we do have any changes in formation, I think is a big plus for us to have.

“Playing away in games, using three at the back, it worked [in the 0-0 draw] at Spurs and [in the 3-0 win] at home against Liverpool. Because of their style of play it really suited us. I think the fact we are using different formations against different teams can only benefit us in the long run.”

Van Gaal has switched between a 4-4-2 diamond and 3-5-2 in recent weeks, which has been a source of frustration for many Man United fans. With the 3-5-2, the side looks solid at the back but struggles to create chances. A 4-4-2 formation allows for much more fluidity up top but opens up the team defensively.

The Dutchman has admitted that he will stick with a 4-4-2 formation much more from now on, which should make for some more exciting football in the second half of the season.

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