Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has opened up about his ‘philosophy’ at the club.
Van Gaal has often spoke about his philosophy during his time in charge of Man United and how he wants the team to play.
United have been criticised at points this season for a slow, possession-based approach to games and van Gaal’s philosophy is the core of a lot of frustration from fans.
In an interview with The Telegraph, van Gaal discussed and explained that his philosophy encourages players to use their ‘brains’ and not simply about their legs.
“When you see my press conferences, I’m discussing a lot my philosophy. Sometimes, the media is not very proud of it. But, sometimes, they are firmly crazy for it because I explain a lot,” van Gaal said.
“It takes always a little bit of time to transfer the message. I’m training in the brain – a lot of things in the brain – because football is not a sport of legs, it is a sport of brain, and tactics.
“So, that takes a lot of time. All the players have to sustain that process and that’s not easy. Praise is better than to be negative, it is true. But, sometimes, I’m sorry, you have to be negative also.”
Van Gaal employs a famously disciplinarian approach in terms of player’s positions and mentalities on the pitch and it is unlikely that this will change anytime soon.
While he has tightened up the defence and midfield significantly, United’s problems this term have been from an offensive point of view. Van Gaal will have to change that if he wants the fans to stay on side.