English Premiership

Blind faith in LVG tactics

2015-01-22 10:12
Daley Blind (AFP)
Cape Town - Manchester United defender Daley Blind has called on the club to "keep the faith" in Louis van Gaal as they look to settle into the new manager's rhythm.

The Dutchman's tactics have been the subject of debate in his debut season at Old Trafford after implementing various formations, including the much-criticised 3-5-2 setup which he utilised during the World Cup when he was still in charge of the Netherlands.

Van Gaal again used that formation during last weekend's Premier League clash at QPR, although he was forced to change to a flat 4-4-2 after his players struggled to break down the London club in the opening 45 minutes.

The alteration eventually paid dividends as the Red Devils went on to win 2-0 in the second half, and Blind is convinced the tactician will eventually get the very best out of the United squad.

"(Van Gaal) makes players better and he makes teams better. I like that in a coach. That is his most important asset. It was the same when I was with him with Holland. He wanted to make the team better. As the team gets better, individuals started standing out as well," Football411 quotes Blind as saying.

"We didn't play very great football at the World Cup but we were a team and we were winning games, and we started playing better after winning. You change the system and you get better, you become a team and you start winning.

"If you have played another system for a long time, you have to get used to a new one but that isn't a problem. We knew it was going to be difficult in the Premier League but we have to keep our heads up. We have to keep faith."

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