Bastian Schweinsteiger defends Louis van Gaal’s conservative style of play at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Bastian Schweinsteiger has insisted Manchester United are heading in the right direction under Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal’s side have been criticised by Man United this season following some increasingly meek attacking displays.

The veteran Dutchman has favoured playing two defensive midfielders this season and critics believe his style is far too conservative. Schweinsteiger, who scored in the 1-1 draw against Leicester City last time out, insisted it is important to have an element of control in a match.

“I think he [van Gaal] has his philosophy,” Schweinsteiger said.

“We try to improve in every match, but it’s not easy sometimes when you play against teams who defend with 10 players in their own half, and maybe a little bit deeper. You have to find solutions, and maybe the right moment to [accelerate].”

The German has been nicknamed ‘Mr Calm’ by his United teammates as he often dictates the tempo for his side. Schweinsteiger admitted he enjoys being in control of United’s play.

He added: “There are some situations where you have to be fast. But you also have to give the feeling to your teammates that everything is under control. I don’t like it when there’s too much rush. So maybe this is where the name comes from. But this is the point – I sometimes control the situation and it looks calm, but it’s not. My brain and eyes are working all the time.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Schweinsteiger’s performances have been a positive for United this term and he has quickly endeared himself to supporters.

Van Gaal has certainly laid the groundwork for success at the club but there is a sense that he needs to take the team up a level or two, and quickly, if he is to keep fans on side.

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