Manchester United: Louis van Gaal Era Begins in a Big Way

Manchester UnitedManchester United played its first match under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night in Los Angeles in its preseason American tour. The results were a laughable 7-0 thrashing of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Van Gaal said following the game that the formation of the team was much more important to him than the final score.

The Dutchman said when a system needs changing it has to be started at once and van Gaal did just that. He started United in a 3-5-2 formation.

Van Gaal insists the new system is better for the club as they have 4 strong strikers. If the results were any indication, the system might just be the answer for United’s future.

The first half of the match was dominated in every aspect by United. Danny Welbeck scored the opening goal for United and Wayne Rooney added two more before the 45 minutes were over.

Even though van Gaal said the results were unexpected, he said his players scored beautiful goals.

The former Netherlands national team coach said he likes the 3-5-2 formation because the team has four No. 10s (Rooney’s jersey number) and it gives the club additional flexibility.

When the formation is 4-3-3, there are three strikers sitting and he wants to always use at least two.

For now, the club will try to win with the new formation, but the Dutchman said he would be willing to change to another if things do not work out the way he hopes.

However, he did say that when the results or 7-0 then doubts the players have in the new systems seems to go away easier and more confidence is generated.

Bruce Arena the head coach for the Galaxy praised United and the new formation they played. He said it closely resembled van Gaal’s approach with the Dutch national team when they reached the World Cup semifinals earlier this month in Brazil.

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