Rene Meulensteen hits out at Louis van Gaal's style of football

Attacking football was always first thing on the list when Rene Meulensteen was at Manchester United. However, Louis van Gaal does not seem to see it that way.

Rene Meulensteen hits out at Louis van Gaal's style of football
Sir Alex Ferguson (L) and First Team Coach Rene Meulensteen of Manchester United poses with the Barclays Premier League trophy during the Manchester United Premier League Winners Parade on May 30, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen was interviewed by 888sport. In the interview, he discusses his fellow countryman and current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. In the interview, he discussed the lack of attacking football at Old Trafford and how he sympathizes with the fans over the lack of excitement.

Meulenstein speaks on his time at Old Trafford

When talking about his time under manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Meulensteen said that the first thing on the sheet was to play entertaining and creative football. He continued to say that van Gaal knows that grinding out 1-0 results can win you the league, but that there were different ways to win 1-0 games. In many of United’s games this year, the tempo has been slow and dull, prompting fans to chant, “Attack, attack, attack” or even getting booed.

He continued by saying that players need to be given the freedom to express themselves and that with that expression, comes belief. Meulensteen is not the member of the Sir Alex Ferguson era who has called out van Gaal’s boring style of football. Paul Scholes and Peter Schmeichel are just a couple of players to have called out the Manchester United manager.

Mike Phelan, Sir Alex Ferguson and Rene Meulensteen of Manchester United watch from the bench during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
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Goals missing for United

This season, United scored only 49 goals, the least of the top 12 teams in the league. To put that into perspective, United only outscored nine teams in the Premier League, six teams in the Championship, four teams in League One, and five teams in League Two. A telling stat the other day was tweeted, albeit before the 3-1 win vs Bournemouth, was that United scored the least amount of goals out of the 92 teams playing professional football in England. Two relegated teams, Norwich City and Newcastle United even scored more home goals than United this season.

These numbers are extremely screaming out that something in van Gaal’s system has to change. Either something in the system has to change or the manager himself. Only time will tell to see what happens.