Newcastle boss John Carver: I understand Louis van Gaal criticism

by Ben Topliss

Newcastle United boss John Carver says he understands fans’ frustrations towards Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal because his style is going against the club’s attacking ethos.

Man United have lost just twice in 21 games but van Gaal’s pragmatic style of play has earned him plenty of criticism this season.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce mocked United after the 1-1 draw between the two sides last month, prompting van Gaal to hand out a bizarre long-ball pamphlet to journalists.

Carver says he can understand why van Gaal has come under fire because United’s fans have been so used to seeing attacking football over the years.

Speaking about van Gaal, Carver said: ”It’s difficult for Man United fans because they were always on the front foot, going forward, lots of crosses and exciting football.

“Now it has changed slightly because the manager’s come in, he has a different style with patient build-up, there’s lots of possession and systems, which can sometimes be confusing.

“They are slightly different because it sometimes takes a little bit of time to get from back to front, but he does have that up his sleeve if he needs to use it, if he’s chasing the game.

“He has a more patient style of play and I can see why the fans are getting a little bit frustrated with it – but it’s a good way to play when you’ve got technical players the way he’s got.”

United take on Newcastle on Wednesday night with problems mounting for van Gaal.Angel di Maria has suffered from a huge dip in form and was substituted at half time in United’s 2-0 win against Sunderland last weekend, while Robin van Persie has suffered an injury and will miss the game.

Newcastle have beaten United just once in their last six attempts but United and van Gaal will know they’ll need to be on top form if they are to get all three points.

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