Van Persie defends Van Gaal tactics and feels Manchester United players need to improve

by Sam Peoples

Robin van Persie has defended Louis van Gaal‘s tactics after Manchester United’s shaky start to the season and says the blame falls on the players rather than the manager.

After an unbeaten pre-season which filled United fans with expectation, United have failed to secure a win in four games and were on the wrong end of a 4-0 hammering by MK Dons.

It has put pressure on United to start winning games with a victory over QPR  this weekend but despite how difficult the beginning of the season has been, Van Persie refused to criticise Van Gaal.

“It’s plain and simple,” he said.

“The manager chooses his tactics. We, the players, have nothing else to do than to execute what the manager has in his mind.

“Tactics and formation are matters of the manager and his staff, not something the players must get involved in.

“We, the players, have not been educated as coaches. We are players, we play. I don’t think we should even want to get involved in tactical discussions.

“We players should not demand anything. We should just do what we are told.”

Van Persie is right in that the players are responsible for what happens on the pitch but if the squad had that attitude last season, United certainly wouldn’t have ended 7th in the league.

Moving back into the present, player nerves are clearly playing a major role in United’s poor form so far this season. The same squad beat the likes of Real Madrid, Roma and Liverpool on the pre-season tour but in competitive fixtures, United are not playing football with any ease and have lost their passing ability which looked so simple on tour.

All is far from lost as this year as it has only just begun but United’s players will need to turn their form around sooner rather than later if they aren’t to be left chasing the tails of those at the top of the Premier League all season.

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