Louis van Gaal planning return to attacking football

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will implement a more attacking style of football at the club if he remains in charge next season.

Van Gaal has been criticised since taking charge of Man United last summer for employing a slow, possession based style of play.

However, the Manchester Evening News suggests van Gaal plans to release the shackles from his side in the next campaign.

Fans wanted that to be the case and felt this season was always more a case of the Dutchman laying the foundations for next year and so it has proved so far.

It is hoped Angel di Maria in particular would flourish under the new style having endured a difficult time of late. United are also likely to add a new right-back, centre-back, dominant midfielder and striker to their squad to bring some balance to their play.

The news will delight fans as the greatest United teams in the past have played expansive, attacking football.

In van Gaal’s defence, he has brought an attacking style to Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich but his priority for United has been to qualify for the Champions League.

United had a great record of two defeats in 22 games prior to the 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night and this will need to continue in order to get back into European competition. Unfortunately, their gritty determination not to lose games comes at the cost of attractive football but these latest revelations will at least give some fans comfort heading into next year.

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