Manager Watch: How Van Gaal can learn from QPR boss Redknapp

Louis Van Gaal

The Manchester United manager could learn a trick or two from the Queens Park Rangers boss when he hosts the Rs at Old Trafford.

Needless to say, it's not been the best of starts for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

The Dutchman claims he was aware of the degree of difficulty awaiting him at Old Trafford - but even he would surely have hoped for better in his heart of hearts.

It hasn't been totally disastrous for United, they haven't lost every game. But, after three clashes, the 13-time Premier League champions have accumulated just two points. Indeed, Swansea City, Sunderland and Burnley have all proved too tough to beat for Van Gaal's men.

And much of Man United's disjointedness has stemmed from the 63-year-old's insistence on playing a 3-5-2 formation.

Van Gaal enjoyed considerable success using the same system with the Netherlands at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, when a workmanlike squad surpassed expectations and finished third after losing their semi-final on penalties to Argentina.

But deploying three at the back just hasn't clicked so far at United - and three average performances have yielded three average results.

The situation is comparable to that of Harry Redknapp at QPR. United may be the much bigger club - but it is Redknapp's side that sit higher in the table. Why? Because, after two defeats, the Rs boss dropped the 3-5-2 and played four at the back.

As Steven Caulker commented after the game, the change in formation was vital to the west London side's fortunes - as they beat Sunderland 1-0 at Loftus Road.

Could Van Gaal, then, learn a trick or two from Redknapp and make a simple choice? Reverting to four at the back could solve so many of his side's ills and help him land his first, priceless, win as Manchester United manager - ironically, against QPR.

The 63-year-old's persistence with his 3-5-2 is based on the fact that, with practice, United's players will improve and fit into the system.

But why take a chance and wait? As Redknapp proved, going back to a formation his players are far more accustomed to can bring instant results.

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