Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has warned fans of the club not to expect the constant attack-minded football of yesteryear now Louis van Gaal is in charge.
The England international recently returned from injury but he joins up with his squad in transition and enduring a mixed start to the current campaign.
When van Gaal took charge in the summer United fans were anticipating a brand of attacking football that had not been seen under former manager David Moyes. But in an interview with the Daily Mail Carrick suggested supporters may now have to temper those expectations.
“The philosophy is different in that he is happy for us to keep the ball for long spells to get in the game and get rhythm in our game,” Carrick said.
“Whereas before, especially at home with the crowd as well, it’s always been a case of trying to attack as quickly as possible with speed and penetration, and even if you give the ball away a few times keep trying it.”
The United of old would surge forward with attacking intent time and time again, but van Gaal’s side are going to be a more refined version, still attacking in style but perhaps with a level of additional intelligence thrown in.
With the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in their squad, driving forward is a must, but it appears the Old Trafford faithful may not always get their way every time they shout, “Attack! Attack! Attack!” from now on.