Louis van Gaal has accused Ole Gunnar Solksjaer of ‘parking the bus’ against bigger teams in his latest critical outburst against the Manchester United boss.
United have have lost five of their last seven games, including being dumped out of the FA Cup and more recently the Champions League, where they were beaten 3-0 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Van Gaal, who won the FA Cup with United before being dismissed after two years in charge in 2016, branded the perceived tactical changes made by the former striker as ‘fake news’ in an interview with BBC Sport, back in March – the same month Solskjaer was handed the job on a permanent basis.
And now the Dutchman has taken aim at his former employers once more, saying they are not playing the Sir Alex Ferguson way.
“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,” he told the Mirror.
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“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.
“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.”
United travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton and could leapfrog Chelsea and move into fifth.