Van Gaal poses Solskjaer sack theory; names major Man Utd training flaw

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2020 7:38 - Jonny Whitfield

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said that the Red Devils could wait until the end of the season to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Current United manager Solskjaer has continued to face pressure this season after a mixed run of form.

While his side have not lost in the Premier League in five matches, that run of results has proved expensive. Indeed, United have often had to come from behind to claim victory.

However, United also exited the Champions League in the midst of that unbeaten run. As such, talk of Solskjaer’s long-term future at Old Trafford has not gone away.

Solskjaer is the fourth manager United have turned to since Sir Alex Ferguson left. Indeed, Dutchman Van Gaal was sacked in 2016, moments after winning the FA Cup.

However, the 69-year-old has said that while Solskjaer’s status as a Treble-winning club legend is protecting him, he insisted that the Norwegian could follow the same fate he did.

“Solskjaer is an ex-player, so they will not sack him as quickly as someone else,” Van Gaal told the Daily Mirror.

“United won’t sack a manager during the season especially Solskjaer. I see all the stories about Solskjaer and his future in the media.

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“But they waited with sacking me until the end of the season and that could happen to him.”

Much of United’s inconsistency in form has come from Solskjaer’s inability to stick to one formation. Indeed, while 4-2-3-1 is his desired set-up, he has played different systems in his two years in charge.

Van Gaal also questioned whether Solskjaer is effectively training his players to adapt to different formations.

Van Gaal names Man Utd flaw

“The football he brings is of a counter attacking team. He always adapts to his opponents,” the Dutchman said.

“And he is playing different systems all the time. Against Southampton it is 4-4-2, in the next match it is 5 defenders, next it is 4-2-3-1.

“You could argue he is using the qualities of his players, but at West Ham United they were outclassed in the first half.

“It was only when Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes came on they made the difference. Using different systems is okay but my question would be is he actually properly training the players to use these systems?

“Because it’s key that if you switch these different playing systems it must be executed in a good way. It depends less on the quality of the players than on the actual practice of a system in training.”

United return to action on Sunday when they face Leeds at Old Trafford.

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