Manchester United star Jonny Evans has claimed that his teammates are starting to understand manager Louis van Gaal’s philosophy and tactics, according to reports from the Express.
Upon being given the Old Trafford hotseat, Van Gaal insisted that it would take time for players to get used to his formation and style of play, but the fans and some squad members have already grown frustrated with the Dutchman’s approach.
The former Bayern Munich manager has changed his formation several times but now seems adamant on playing a 3-5-2, which resulted in the supporters shouting for a change to 4-4-2 during United’s 2-0 win over QPR a few weeks ago, while youngster Adnan Januzaj has publicly admitted that he’s struggling to adapt.
But centre-back Evans believes that, following a run of 16 games with only one defeat, Van Gaal’s methods are starting to pay dividends.
He said: “The lads have had to take a lot on board. At times, you know, it has been tough and it takes time.
“We’ve been used to playing a certain way for a number of years then the change happens and the new manager wants us to play a certain way.
“It takes time for those things to become second nature but I think you are starting to see that now.
“The fact that the formation has changed a lot has taught the lads an awful lot. Using three at the back against Spurs and Liverpool for instance really suited us because of the way those teams play.
“The experience of using different formations can only benefit us in the long run.”
And the Northern Ireland international has suggested that Van Gaal is aiming for a slow possession style of play, one that is different from the Red Devils’ former quick-passing attacking mentality.
“I think when you get as many attacking players on the pitch as we’ve got you are always going to entertain,” he added.
“But the manager has done a lot of work in trying to steady the team and making sure everyone knows their jobs. Once we get that nailed on, and everyone knows their defensive jobs, then I think we’ll be able to push on from that and be really entertaining again.”
United continue their fight to stay in the Premier League top four when they visit West Ham United this weekend.