Saturday 17 January 2015

Our risks paid off- Van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes second-half tactical changes that saw United revert to a four man defence were key to ensuring an important win against QPR in the capital this afternoon.

A scrappy first half saw few chances for the visitors with United struggling to find a rhythm against Harry Redknapp's stubborn, resilient outfit.
The manager felt his team's play needed an injection of pace and introduced James Wilson to the fray, in addition to the earlier arrival of Marouane Fellaini.

"I think pace is important, always, which is why we have tried to play with Angel Di Maria as a striker"  explained Van Gaal.
The manager added: "When I changed the shape, I wanted speed or pace also in the attacking line, this is why I changed in that way.
"It's a change in attack that brings lots of risk, but we have won 2-0 and I think we have deserved this scoreline."

At the other end of the field, the boss was also pleased with a shut-out at the back, with Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia making an impression.

"The defensive organisation has been good from the beginning, we have only had one match against Leicester City that was five goals and, because of that, we have bad average against us, but I think we have a very good organisation so that is not a problem" explained the Dutchman. 

On his tactical approach in Saturday's game van Gaal said: "I know in advance that when we play with four midfielders in a diamond that we create more chances, but then the balance of the team is also weak, I think.
"You see this today as we had created chances but so had QPR.
"We have to decide every week how we have to play, and that's the question."
On the form of David De Gea: "I think he's been playing well all this season, we have a lot of clean sheets and that is mainly down to him, he is very important to us."

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