Solskjaer Parks The Bus, Claims Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal (R) greets Jose Mourinho.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has completely altered Manchester United‘s fortunes since taking over the Old Trafford hot-seat in an interim managerial role.

The Red Devils seem to have gone back to playing impressive attacking football, with the team successfully grinding out positive results against most of their opponents so far.

In spite of the improvement the Norwegian has brought about at the Theatre of Dreams, a former United manager remains sceptical about the 45-year-old tactician.

Decorated Dutch gaffer Louis van Gaal has spoken out about Solskjaer, questioning the latter’s so-called attacking philosophy that has so heavily impressed the Manchester United faithful.

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Speaking to the BBC, LVG stated: “The coach after me [Mourinho] changed to park-the-bus tactics and played on the counter. Now there is another coach who parks the bus and plays on the counter. The main difference between Mourinho and Solskjaer is that Solskjaer is winning.

“I am not there but there does look to be a change and the atmosphere seems to be better. It is also true that Solskjaer has changed Paul Pogba’s position and put him into an area where he is much more important.

“But the way Manchester United are playing now is not the way Ferguson played. It is defensive, counter-attacking football. If you like it, you like it. If you think it is more exciting than my boring attacking, OK. But it is not my truth.”

Then speaking about the Mancunian giants’ chances in the Champions League this term, Van Gaal opined: “Solskjaer has just lost twice and he has to manage that. It is very important that Manchester United qualifies for the Champions League, as it was when I was manager.

“But they can also win the Champions League because they play a defensive system and it is very difficult to beat them, which, whether you like it or not, is the result of Mourinho’s work.”