New Manchester United boss under fire over Netherlands playing style

Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been criticised back in the Netherlands over the national team’s recent playing style.

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is a coach renowned for fast, attacking football played with real purpose and penetration.

The Dutchman's work at Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the past was very impressive, and the way the Netherlands navigated their way through to the 2014 World Cup finals with a huge number of goals left Europe standing up and taking notice.

Van Gaal appears to be the perfect match with the Red Devils' philosophy, although the pressure to succeed at the Word Cup and next season with United may just dent the 62-year-old's self-belief.

Following the Netherlands' 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Ghana and Wales respectively, Van Gaal has come under fire back in his homeland for abandoning the offensive football shown over the past year.

Former Netherlands international Ronald Koeman certainly didn’t like what he saw, and the current Feyenoord coach believes that the Dutch could come unstuck against Spain should they adopt a similar approach on June 13.

'Facing Wales not so much, but against Spain we could be punished with a performance like that', he said, quoted by Spanish publication AS.

In spite of the criticisms, Van Gaal has expressed the importance of gaining a winning mentality and reminded the public that he was hired to do one job only – win games.

'They hired me to win games', he said. 'We still have a few days left until we face Spain and it is then when we ought to be prepared'.

Van Gaal takes full charge of United once the World Cup is over, although it is clear that he is monitoring potential transfers in the meantime.

Expected to at least qualify for the Champions League for the 2015-16 season, Van Gaal has a tough job on his hands given the work needed at Old Trafford and the competition he is up against.

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