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Louis Van Gaal Demands Manchester United Players Stop Playing Backpasses To David De Gea

Louis Van Gaal Demands Manchester United Players Stop Playing Backpasses To David De Gea

Louis van Gaal has demanded that his Manchester United players stop playing so many backpasses to David de Gea.

The Red Devils gaffer has received heavy criticism in recent weeks for his side’s unadventurous style of play with United fans heard booing during the weekend win over Sunderland.

Despite travelling to Newcastle on Wednesday night in the Champions League places, the Dutchman admitted: “I agree with the fans that we don’t have to use the goalkeeper so much.”

“I have seen moments when we could play with a higher tempo without interfering with the goalkeeper.

“Sometimes the players may not see another solution. But I have to support them. Also, a fan has to see that.

“Of course, to attack is more or less the English style of playing a match. But I think the supporters have also enjoyed Manchester United playing in a possession game so it is always a mix of playing both. I think we can still improve in not losing the ball unnecessarily.”

Van Gaal also admitted the raft of expensive player he brought to Old Trafford in the summer have taken more time than expected to adjust.

He added: “The first season is always difficult. You can see it with every player we bought – Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Falcao and also Di Maria.

“How long it takes depends on so many different aspects of the game, the match and also the culture of the country. You cannot give a general answer – but the general answer is one year!”

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