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Van Gaal questions Solskjær’s system of management

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Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has questioned current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s system of management and whether he trains his players properly for his systems.

Van Gaal says Manchester United under Ole has no system of play and only adjusts based on the opponent’s systems and believes the Norwegian getting a sack at the end of the season is still a possibility. 

“Solskjaer is an ex-player, so they will not sack him as quickly as someone else,” van Gaal told 101 Great Goals.

“United won’t sack a manager during the season, especially Solskjaer. I see all the stories about Solskjaer and his future in the media.”

“But they waited with sacking me until the end of the season and that could happen to him.’’

The Dutch’s criticism suggests Solskjær has no system of play and only relies on player’s individual brilliance, especially last winter signing Bruno Fernandes who has transformed the team and has arguably been the best player in the Premier League since his arrival.

“He is playing different systems all the time. Against Southampton it is 4-4-2, in the next match it is 5 defenders, next it is 4-2-3-1. You could argue he is using the qualities of his players, but at West Ham United they were outclassed in the first half.”

Solskjær sitting in the dug out at Old Trafford.

“It was only when Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes came on they made the difference. Using different systems is okay but my question would be is he actually properly training the players to use these systems?”

Van Gaal spent two seasons at United, winning only the FA Cup and was replaced by Jose Mourinho who was sacked midway into his third season to disapprove of van Gaal’s statement that United don’t sack managers during the season.

Ole is in his second full season at United after taking over from Mourinho in December 2018 and is yet to win a trophy, and lost three semifinals last season.

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