Dwight Yorke has joined the long list of ex-players to criticise Louis van Gaal’s current approach at Manchester United.
Although the Red Devils sit only two points from the top of Premier League table after 12 games, fans of the club have been growing more and more frustrated with the ‘dull’ approach adopted by the Dutch boss.
Prior to their European win against CSKA Moscow last week, United had gone 404 minutes without scoring a single goal, with LVG’s persistence with misfiring captain Wayne Rooney up front ahead of Anthony Martial a real source of contention.
“The legacy Sir Alex [Ferguson] has left behind after 26 years has meant we’re used to seeing a certain type of football so you can understand the reaction of certain individuals who have played for the club for a very long time who are entitled to their opinion. Whether Van Gaal agrees with that is another story.
“I can see why people are voicing their opinion because it’s not how United go about their business and it’s been very hard at times for people to bear. The final straw is the fact we went three games unable to score against lesser teams. The frustrations kick in them.”
“You’ve got to take certain risks, it’s all well and good having a game-plan where you grind teams down and have the ball so much but the game is about excitement and taking chances. Nobody wants to see that type of football because at the end of the day we’re in the entertainment business. United in the past have been all about being exciting.”
However, Yorke leapt to the defence of United captain Rooney, insisting that he should not be dropped despite his return of just two goals in league action so far this season:
“I’m very surprised that some ex-players are criticising Wayne Rooney.
“If he was 33 or 34 I could maybe get that but at 30? Listen, we know he’s not playing the best but it doesn’t mean he deserves to get dropped.
“When you look at how United have played he’s hardly been the poorest player on the pitch.”