Louis van Gaal accused of making gimmick decisions

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is a clever politician who won't be able to hide behind well-placed words for very much longer, according to Leeds United legend Jonny Giles.

Van Gaal has spent a club-record £150m on the likes of Angel di Maria, Radamel Faclao and Daley Blind, but Giles is far from convinced that the Dutch tactician deserves the praise he's been afford over the last six months.

Giles has been irked by Van Gaal's decision to replace Jasper Cillisen for Tim Krul just before Holland's penalty shooutout against Costa Rica in the World Cuo quarter-final, telling the Daily Star that the gimmick decision didn't deserve the clamour it received as a masterstroke.

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Scathing criticism of Van Gaal's ego

Giles said: "Van Gaal's public ­relations has been brilliant. I had my doubts about him in the World Cup because in my view, Wesley Sneijder is one of the top ­midfielders in the world but Van Gaal never played him in his best position.

"What really puzzled me was the gimmick decision to change his goalkeeper before the penalty shootout in the quarter-final.

"He took all the credit that was going for that switch as Holland knocked out Costa Rica. But the following week he was in the same position in the semi-­final against Argentina and was unable to repeat the tactic ­because he had used up all of his substitutes.

"So if he was a genius one week, he should have been ­doing the same thing in the next game.

Will the Dutchman prove to be a success?

There's no question that the pressure on Van Gaal is immense, but the veteran coach has been there and done it at the very highest level with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Van Gaal's decision not to sign a centre-back looks baffling though, with weaknesses in that position exposed by newly-promoted Leicester City in a shocking 5-3 defeat on Sunday afternoon.

The Foxes rendered United's exciting attacking line-up redundant with a storming comeback at the King Power Stadium, so it remains to been whether Van Gaal's red revolution is a success moving forward.

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