Manchester United stumbled across the line with a 1-1 draw courtesy of a last minute equaliser from Daley Blind at the weekend, only after the game the Dutchman found out that his opposing manager, Sam Allardyce, labelled Manchester United a long-ball team…
This clearly upset the Iron Tulip, as he came armed to yesterdays press conference with stats and figures that suggested otherwise.
When quizzed about Allardyce’s comments, Van Gaal replied:
“Because I expected this question, I have made an interpretation of the data for this game and then I have to say that it is not a good interpretation from Big Sam.
“You have to look at the data and then you will see that we did play long balls, but long balls wide rather than to the striker.”
Van Gaal is well within his managerial rights to respond to Big Sam’s comments, and the fact that he has statistical data to back up his points makes it even more relevant.
At the end of the day, Manchester United started playing long-balls for the last fifteen minutes of the game, whereas Allardyce has been using those tactics for the last fifteen years of his career.
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