Manchester United boss uncomfortable playing a 4-4-2 formation

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he becomes uncomfortable when his side play in a 4-4-2 formation, according to reports from Sky Sports.

The Dutch manager was blasted with criticism last weekend during the Red Devils’ clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, with the fans roaring that he switches the 3-5-2 formation to a 4-4-2.

Van Gaal did however make the change after a goalless first half, which resulted in United scoring two goals through Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson.

Yet the former Barcelona boss is not a fan of the system, admitting that it left him ‘twitching’ from the bench.

“We have won more with 4-4-2 in a diamond, but when you analyse the game then we have twitched on the bench,” the United manager said.

“I have twitched because we were out of balance. All the matches when we play 4-4-2 like against West Ham United (when 10-man United scraped a 2-1 win) it was always twitching and I don’t like it.”

It seems that Van Gaal believes it will take some time before his squad adapt to his 3-5-2 philosophy, but once they do, will become a much improved team.

“But we have to do our preparation in the season so we are doing a lot of things during the matches.

“But we have had a fantastic run of results except Southampton at home. Up to now I am pleased and we are going in the right way.”

The Red Devils’ next fixture is against Cambridge in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Friday, with summer signing Victor Valdes expected to make his debut in goal.