Louis van Gaal has revealed why he changed to a 4-4-2 formation during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over QPR, after chants from frustrated supporters, reports the Daily Star.
United began the game with an unorthadox 3-3-2-2 formation, and struggled through a dour first 45 minutes at Loftus Road.
Fans soon began chanting ‘attack, attack, attack’ and even ‘four-four-two, four-four-two’ in the second half, and once van Gaal switched the system United went on to win the game courtesy of goals from Maraoune Fellaini and James Wilson.
Van Gaal explained: “I know in advance that when we play with four midfielders in a diamond that we create more chances, but then the balance of the team is also weak.
“And you’ve seen it because we had created chances but so had QPR.
“We have to decide every week how we have to play. And that’s the question.
“But also with the other system we played against Tottenham Hotspur, maybe you remember the first half we created maybe six or seven more chances than today, and we didn’t score.
“So it’s always the question, are you effective enough?
“But it was not because we were the better team at that time.
“Last week we were the better team, but in football it is not always the better team who wins.
“In the first half we played like QPR wanted.
“We did the same thing as QPR, playing through the air, long balls, and QPR were better.
“In the second half we changed the shape and that helped also.”
Manchester United currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table, with 40 points from 22 matches.