Van Gaal struggling at Manchester United – De Boer

The Dutchman was criticised for his long-ball tactics earlier this season but the Ajax academy coach says that the Red Devils are merely taking their time to adjust to his tactics

Former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer has conceded that Louis van Gaal is struggling at Manchester United.

United currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League, with 47 points from 26 games, but fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at the weekend.

Van Gaal was also criticised for his perceived long-ball tactics by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce earlier this season, leading the Dutchman to produce a dossier designed to prove the Hammers boss wrong.

However, De Boer – who currently works with Ajax’s academy teams – believes that the reason for United’s poor brand of football is not down to Van Gaal but the players, and the time they are taking to adjust to their coach’s tactics.

“Van Gaal is struggling a little bit at Manchester United,” he told talkSPORT. “Not with the amount of points he’s got, but with his style.

“It’s not the way he wants to play. He’s fighting to get there. At the moment, it’s not the football that we are used to with Louis.”

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