Louis van Gaal does things his own way and we don’t always agree with it but his latest move against Tottenham Hotspur was truly baffling.
Young went up front for the first time since he played there against LA Galaxy in the 2014 pre-season tour while Martial stayed out on the left-wing. Lingard kept his role as the No.10 and Mata stayed out at right-wing. All four attackers out of position when they could all play in their favoured roles. Madness, and United fans knew it.
Mata, a #10 playing RW, Lingard, a shit RW playing #10, Martial, a striker playing LW, and ASHLEY FUCKING YOUNG PLAYING STRIKER
— . (@PogBaller_) April 10, 2016
None of our attacking 4 players are playing in their natural positions 😂
— Becky (@red_marshy) April 10, 2016
I am really witnessing Youngy18 false 9 and the best striker of his age playing on the wing.
— Nik (@Viva_United7) April 10, 2016
Lingard at no10 with Mata on the wing
Young up top with Martial on the wing…
— Aoife 'FIFA' Turner (@AoifeTurner) April 10, 2016
OUR ENTIRE FRONT 4 ARE ALL PLAYING IN THE WRONG POSITIONS
— Adam (@NeymarsHaircut) April 10, 2016
The outcome of the game is irrelevant when it comes to things like this. What must the players be thinking when they’re getting forced to be square pegs in round holes completely unnecessarily? At times players need to adapt to different roles when the right players aren’t available but I can’t see why he would do it willingly.
For all of the strange things I’ve seen van Gaal do this season, this is right up there with the weirdest of them.