Tommy Docherty: Louis van Gaal must entertain Manchester United fans

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty feels Louis van Gaal must start entertaining fans if he wants to be a success at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal and his players have had to deal with a lot of criticism in recent weeks despite only losing once in the last 19 games, following a number of increasingly laboured performances.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce mocked the team’s playing style after the 1-1 draw between the two sides earlier this month, while United were roundly criticised for their display against Burnley despite a 3-1 win.

Docherty has warned van Gaal that he needs to start getting supporters out of their seats if he wants to stop disillusionment from spreading around the club.

Speaking about van Gaal, Docherty said: ”Once the crowd start to get on you if you don’t give them what they want – and they’re the ones who pay your salary – they’ll start showing disillusionment with the way the team is playing.

“The fans at United have been brought up with great football – two wingers going down the touchline, raining crosses in to the strikers. That’s not happening.

“You’ve got to give the supporters what they want, and you can’t really see a lot of progress at the moment, with the money he’s already spent, let alone the money he’s set to spend this summer.”

United have certainly under performed this season, with a number of unusual decisions by van Gaal not helping their cause.

Wayne Rooney has been played in midfield, Ander Herrera has often been left on the bench and Angel di Maria has occasionally been used up front.

United will have to play much better and soon if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League with a tough run-in coming in March.

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