Louis van Gaal has insisted that Manchester United do play a risky brand of football despite their lack of goals.
Van Gaal’s team, who have only scored 10 times in their last 14 fixtures, have been criticised for being too cautious, but the Dutchman believes their 0-0 draw against Chelsea shows they do gamble on committing men forward.
The 64-year-old pointed out that there was room behind his back four and highlighted the chance Nemanja Matic missed to earn Chelsea victory at Old Trafford on Monday.
“We were the dominating team and that is also the risky way of playing football,” he told MUTV. “We have a big space behind us because we are always attacking and that you could see with the chance of Matic.
“I think we have attacked again but we didn’t score again and I think in our matches we are always better than our opponents and we are playing always like that.”
Van Gaal said he is perplexed by United’s lack of goals, adding: “The big surprise is we are not scoring out of the many chances we created and also against Chelsea, Chelsea could have scored a goal from their three chances but we were the attacking team.”
The former Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager said on Thursday that his aim for 2016 is to bring the league title back to Old Trafford.
And while United are only sixth at the moment, he feels the nature of a league where everyone is stumbling offers his side a chance to surge back up the table.
“We were there in the first position in the league but then within a month it can be very different,” he said. “It is like that but when you can go down, you can also go up and that is what we are aiming [to do] now.”
Meanwhile, United have recalled Will Keane from his loan spell at Championship side Preston North End.
United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone moved in the opposite direction on Thursday on an emergency loan deal.
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