by Sam Peoples

Slowly but surely, Manchester United’s fans and players have been getting to grips with Louis van Gaal‘s philosophy and, although there have been bumps this season, you can see where the future is heading.

At the start of the year, Manchester United lined up in a 3-5-2 formation as van Gaal felt it best suited his available players at the time. Heading into the last two games of the year, however, it is his traditional 4-3-3 which is now United’s set-in-stone formation. It should also be yours on Top Eleven, the world’s most-played online football manager game.

Going into the squad overview screen, Top Eleven managers can implement every aspect of van Gaal’s tactics.


Setting the players up in a 4-3-3 formation, with one defensive holding midfielder, you need to make sure your players are suited to their position (do not stress if that is immediately possible, however – you can train them to be!)

The focus of this formation from van Gaal is on teamwork – there is no individual player who is more important than the others.

That is why it is so important to make sure everybody is in their suited positions, otherwise you will have a weak point in the team.

Heading into a matchday, managers can define all their team tactics, from their passing style right down to how hard the team presses in defence.  A collective team press is certainly something van Gaal wants his players to embrace.


When it comes to pushing the philosophy that little bit deeper in Top Eleven, you can head to the training ground to coach your players exactly how you want to.

Wherever the deficiencies of a player lie (whether it be their defensive, attacking or physical qualities), it can be improved with careful cultivation on the training pitch in combination with regular game time.

It is the best way to get your team playing your way.

As you progress through the game, your players will improve and so will the football they play.

Just like United this season under van Gaal, it is going to be impossible to get perfect results immediately. But work on your players with that sort of Dutch determination – like van Gaal did with the likes of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata – and the results will come.

Soon enough, you will be in the Top Eleven Champions League and fighting your way through the toughest of competitions – just like United are going to do next year.


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