Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has dismissed suggestions that his team play boring football.
Man United struggled to create chances in recent games against Manchester City and Middlesbrough, with both leading to goalless draws. Middlesbrough eventually knocked Man United out of the Capital One Cup on penalties.
Pundits such as Paul Scholes have subsequently criticised van Gaal’s style of football at Old Trafford.
However, the Dutchman hit back at the claims during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the Crystal Palace clash this weekend.
“I think United is always entertaining. I read the papers and I see that it is boring, but I don’t think there are more spectators in another stadium than ours,” van Gaal said.
“I cannot imagine how it is in other stadiums, but it was a fantastic atmosphere, because of the Boro and United fans, and they have supported the players fantastically. When we are going to the dressing-room, they were applauding.”
Van Gaal has brought a number of players, mostly young prospects, into the side during his time in charge and it is naive to expect them to hit the ground running so early on in the season. David Moyes left a mess at United upon his departure a few seasons ago and van Gaal has done a good job at steadying the ship. He deserves credit for the work he is doing.