Plenty of former Manchester United men have launched scathing attacks on Louis van Gaal’s style of play, and next up to have a pop at the Dutchman is Paul Parker – who made over 100 appearances for the club as a right-back in the early 90s.
He has expressed his worry for Anthony Martial, has his say on the ‘scapegoat’ Memphis Depay, and the unsettled Ander Herrera.
“I look at Anthony Martial and worry for him. He looks like a boy who doesn’t smile anymore. He doesn’t look like he’s enjoying himself,” Parker said.
“The form Memphis Depay is showing hasn’t just happened because he’s playing in the Premier League. That boy probably feels like a scapegoat. Ander Herrera is hugely popular with the fans because he makes things happen. Everyone loves to see players like that, but he’s barely playing and is probably unsettled. These players need freedom.”
“Van Gaal puts the fear of God into players. It has to be his way. He selfishly manages the team. And no one enjoys it. He may be a successful manager, but he must learn – even at his age – to become a good man manager.”
“At the moment we have to say he’s not man managing that team. All those players he’s got are not bad players, and they’ve not played negative football all their lives. He’s being incredibly stubborn. Under van Gaal, every player who has had one bad game has been left out – except for Wayne Rooney.”
You have to agree with Paul Parker too. Louis van Gaal’s style of play is defence first, but it doesn’t make for the most exciting brand of football. This means our most creative players are often limited, which must be disheartening for them as individuals.