Photo: Louis van Gaal stood in his technical area during Newcastle game

by Sam Peoples

Don’t refresh your page, your screen isn’t broken – that is Louis van Gaal standing in his technical area during Manchester United’s 3-3 draw with Newcastle United.

That’s not your philosophy Louis. Speaking earlier this week, van Gaal said: “I am always on the bench because my philosophy is that we have to prepare our players to play the match and when you are shouting on the sideline, there is nobody you can contact during the game – especially when we are home at Old Trafford.”

Van Gaal has effectively confirmed himself that he is deviating away from philosophy. Hallelujah, praise the lord.

I think that divergence away from a religious loyalty to the philosophy has been seen in our football in recent weeks. We’ve been playing with some actual attacking verve and that is almost quashed in the ‘philosophy’.

Has something changed behind the scenes? We can only speculate but I feel van Gaal standing up on the sidelines is indicative of a realisation from the Dutchman that however much he believes in his philosophy, it just wasn’t working in the form he had used previously.

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