Harry Redknapp has given Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal his support as the Dutchman continues to face heavy criticism for his side’s performances.
Man United have just two goals in their last five games and have been underwhelming after an encouraging start to the season. The Reds have been resolute defensively but it is going forward where their problems lie.
United have looked short of ideas in the final third and their build up play has become slow and predictable. There doesn’t seem to be any urgency in the side to push forward and make things happen for themselves, something that is starting to annoy those at Old Trafford.
It is the polar opposite of the sort of football Sir Alex Ferguson made his team play during his 26-year reign as manager of United and Redknapp feels that his legacy is making van Gaal’s job harder.
When asked about United fans’ criticism of their manager, Redknapp said: “They want to see goals!
“They’ve all been brought up on seeing such fantastic football under Fergie, and that was always going to be difficult to follow. They were so exciting – with the Giggs’, the Beckham’s, the Scholes’, the Keane’s and all the other superstars – they just played amazing attacking football and the fans have probably been spoilt over the years.”
United have become renowned worldwide for the brand of football they play. The Reds have always liked to keep the ball on the floor, play at a quick tempo, use the width and kill teams off on the counter. It has become ‘the United way’ over the past few decades and van Gaal’s decision to alter the tactics has irked some fans but Redknapp has warned that it is not easy.
He added: “They want to see the same sort of football but it was going to be difficult for anyone to replicate that.”
United fans will be hoping to see plenty of goals when West Bromwich Albion visit Old Trafford on Saturday. It is an important game for the Reds to try and get back to winning ways in the Premier League and keep the pressure on those ahead of them, including the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.