Slaven Bilic has leapt to the defence of Manchester United and told their critics that he finds Louis van Gaal’s philosophy anything but boring.
Louis van Gaal’s side have been accused of being dull this season despite lying third in the Premier League, a point off top spot.
Even sections of their own fans have chanted “attack, attack, attack” in frustration at Van Gaal’s conservative approach, a far cry to the swashbuckling sides which played under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But Bilic, who takes West Ham to Old Trafford to face United on Saturday, said: “I don’t find them boring.
“I have watched many games – they are always on television – and in every game they have more chances than the opponent. In every game they have more possession and in every game the opponent only has one or two chances.
“They are different from the Sir Alex Ferguson era when – especially at home – they were more electric, they were quicker, playing around the box and in the box.
“But narrow victories are still victories. They are not conceding goals. Some people say they are boring, I heard it many times. They are having the ball, they are not giving you the ball and defending.
“They have possession, they are controlling the game and they are trying to win every game so you can say that they are different from before, especially at home when the other teams are defending with numbers behind the ball.
“You can’t play quicker because you need gaps and space behind the opponent. For them it is hard to find. So we can call it controlled football, patient football, but it is so far very effective because they are sitting well in the table.”
West Ham are looking to complete a clean sweep of the so-called ‘big five’ this term by adding United to the scalps of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
However, their lightning start to the season has slowed down recently following a run of four games without a win, including defeat at Watford and a 4-1 mauling at London rivals Tottenham.
Bilic added: “The pressure is there because we didn’t win in the last four games. We feel the pressure in a positive way.
“We know it’s going to be hard because it’s Manchester United away and they haven’t lost a game at home, and they aren’t giving you a lot of chances.
“The pressure is there because we want to win the game.”