‘If they want to be a dominant force they have to have a different style’: Louis van Gaal takes aim at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for ‘parking the bus’ since becoming Manchester United boss
- Louis van Gaal has taken aim once again at the Manchester United manager
- He accused Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of ‘parking the bus’ against the bigger sides
- Van Gaal has previously criticised the Norwegian for his negative tactics
- United were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Tuesday
Louis van Gaal has taken aim once again at the tactical acumen of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting he has been ‘parking the bus’ since taking over at Old Trafford.
Former United boss van Gaal has begun to speak more openly and critically about his former employers in recent months.
Solskjaer has found himself on the receiving end of criticism from the Dutchman before, when he asserted in an interview with BBC Sport that the only difference between the Norwegian and his predecessor Jose Mourinho was the fact he was winning.
Louis van Gaal has criticised the tactics of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Dutchman claimed that Solskjaer has been ‘parking the bus’ against the bigger sides
And van Gaal has stuck the knife in once again by claiming Solskjaer has been ‘parking the bus’ against the big sides, insisting that he plonks his defensive shield not on the edge of the penalty area, but right in front of David De Gea.
‘United had been playing anti-football, as I call it, but don’t think that Ole isn’t afraid to park the bus either — he is more defensive than you think,’ van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
‘He plays against all the big teams like that. The emphasis is more on defending than on attacking or wanting to play dominant football. I actually call it parking the bus. Ole does it not just outside the 18-yard box. He parks the bus right in front of [goalkeeper] David De Gea.’
He added: ‘But if Man United want to be a dominant force in Europe again – and in England – they have to have a different playing style.’
Solskjaer’s United were dismantled at the Nou Camp on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
This is the second time the former United manager has criticised Solskjaer for his tactics
Barcelona knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League on Tuesday night
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It could easily have been a different story however; Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar inside the opening two minutes, before Scott McTominay found himself goal-side but was unable to control a through-ball.
Thereafter things went downhill as a series of errors by captain Ashley Young and the normally reliable David De Gea allowed Lionel Messi to dictate the outcome of the tie, which ended in a 3-0 defeat on the night and 4-0 on aggregate.
The Red Devils switch their attention back to the race for a top-four finish on Easter Sunday when they take on Everton at Goodison Park.
Solskjaer’s side are sixth in the top flight, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
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