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Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United mistakes

Louis van Gaal has been sacked by Manchester United and Jose Mourinho is expected to be appointed his success within days.

Here’s a look at five mistakes of Van Gaal’s two seasons at Old Trafford:

Manchester United v Leicester City - Barclays Premier League - Old Trafford


Van Gaal’s stubborn commitment to the 4-2-3-1 formation has been one of the main reasons why United’s football has been so unappetising this season. With two holding midfielders in the team, it has often been the case that United have had seven players in their own half. That is all very well if you are facing a team packed with pacy attackers, but when West Brom came to Old Trafford earlier this season and left one man up front, United’s four attacking players had to weave their way through nine Albion outfield men to get a sight of goal. United lacked width, penetration and flair. Either a 4-3-3 or a 4-1-4-1 formation may have brought more goals, and more success for Van Gaal.

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