Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United tactics have again come in for heavy criticism, with Willem van Hanegem accusing him on ‘taking the fun out of football’.
Van Gaal’s side currently sit third in the Premier League, just a point behind Manchester City in top spot, but their style of play this season has drawn an army of critics with the likes of Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Yohan Cabaye labelling them boring.
Michael Owen has gone one step further by saying “even he could do Chris Smalling’s job” in United’s defence such are their stifling tactics, while the United boss himself has urged fans to blame him and not his players in the wake of the ongoing criticism.
And now Van Gaal has been on the receiving end of another blistering attack, this time from Dutch legend Willem van Hanegem, a member of the Holland team that reached the 1974 World Cup final.
He said: “PSV definitely got a good result against Manchester United (last week, 0-0) although we do not have to exaggerate.
“Saturday (against Leicester) I again looked at Manchester and I see that team play and (they make) tears shoot from my eyes.
“If you can spend £300 million, then you do not buy such a bunch of cake bakers.”
Van Gaal led Holland to third place at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Van Hanegem added: “Van Gaal is a good trainer when his team get results because then everything is accepted. Look at Holland in the World Cup.
“Perhaps it (his football) does not matter to others, as long as it yields points. I do not think so. I am a lover (of football). Van Gaal takes the fun away from the people.”
United are the lowest scorers in the Premier League’s top five – 20 goals from 14 games – and have drawn four of their last eight games 0-0, just some of the damning statistics from their season so far.
Van Gaal has acknowledged United’s problems and admits he is targeting wide players with pace and creativity to solve them.
Yet, in the summer, he sold Di Maria – a player who fits the bill – to PSG, claiming the Argentinian winger didn’t buy into his philosophy.
Speaking to Dutch newspaper AD Van Hanegem added: “It strikes me that he has almost no creative players in his squad.
“Di Maria is such a person, but he was not entirely to his liking in Manchester.
“Some players need to show their football with instincts that you should not take away.
“Di Maria is now doing it again excellent at Paris Saint-Germain.”