It’s not Louis van Gaal’s fault that United have been boring to watch this season, according to Louis van Gaal.
The United boss has come under fire for United’s tedious displays but argues that their opponent’s are at fault.
United’s 3-3 draw against Newcastle United on Tuesday was a rare occurrence of the Red Devils being involved in an exciting game this season.
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The Dutchman hasn’t seen his side score a first half goal at home since September 30, a remarkable stat for a team so accustomed to attacking displays during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
But Van Gaal reckons if United are to entertain, their opponents need to stop playing negatively and push forward instead, like Newcastle did.
“Newcastle was attacking,” the 64-year-old said, reported the Independent. “They wanted to attack, and that is the difference.
“I am saying that all the time, but you are doubting my words and my vision.
“When you see two teams who want to attack, then you see a game like this. But when you see a match that only one team wants to defend and wastes time and frustrates the opponent…”
Tuesday’s game sprang to life in the final 25 minutes with Aleksandar Mitrovic levelling the scores at 2-2 after 67 minutes.
Wayne Rooney gave United the lead with 10 minutes remaining but Newcastle refused to go down without a fight and were rewarded for their efforts - Paul Dummett scoring in the 90th minute to clinch a point for Steve McClaren’s team.
Van Gaal recently claimed that watching United left him “very bored and angry” at times, but it seems the former Bayern Munich boss is now eager to direct the criticism elsewhere.
Who's to blame for United's dull performances, the boss or their opponents?