Rene Meulensteen: Manchester United are suffering from a ‘lack of freedom’ under Louis van Gaal

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes the side is suffering from a “lack of freedom” under Louis van Gaal this season.

Van Gaal’s side have been criticised this term following some insipid attacking displays.

It looked as if things were picking up in recent weeks but Man United’s dismal 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night showed van Gaal still has a lot of work to do. Meulensteen insisted United are not taking enough risks in games.

“The word is maybe rigid at times,” Meulensteen said.

“You see players where the ball could have been played forward with a little bit of risk but they tend to go square or back. That’s what the fans dislike at the moment. When Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm there was a clear style and identity but we also gave them the freedom to come up with their own solutions. There’s a lack of freedom now.”

Van Gaal has made United sound defensively but it is clear for all to see that they are massively lacking up top.

The veteran Dutch manager has tried a number of combinations to try and solve the problem but nothing seems to be working. Marouane Fellaini is often turned to as a plan B but he makes the situation worse. It is unclear what the solution is but van Gaal needs to find it and quick if he is to keep the fans on side.

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