Rio Ferdinand says winning over fine football
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has been severely criticized for his dull, bland style of football, but former player Rio Ferdinand has sided with him.
Ferdinand, who won an array of trophies with United, included 1 Champions League trophy and 6 Premier League trophies, said winning always ahead of good football.
“When I was a player my main aim was to win a trophy first and win it playing exciting football second, and that seems to be Van Gaal’s too,” Ferdinand wrote in his column for The Sun.
“It wasn’t always exciting in my day at Old Trafford, either,” he wrote in response to fans who had been calling for a return to the Alex Ferguson days.
“Certainly during the final three seasons under Sir Alex it was more a case of us getting over the line than anything cavalier.
“However, there was certainly a lot more ambition and threat in our play than there is currently with United.”
Ferdinand also said that the club and the fans knew what they were getting with the experienced Dutchman, who has improved the team after the disastrous season under David Moyes.
“United knew what they were getting when they employed Louis van Gaal, so there can be no complaints now,” he added.
“In many ways, why should there be, given where he has taken the club in 18 months? From seventh place to second and now, despite Wednesday’s goalless draw, they are within reach of the knockout stages of the Champions League.
“Given that the Man United hierarchy looked beyond the man’s CV, they knew they were getting a manager who played a precise, possession-based game.
“It is not a game in the best traditions of Old Trafford. Instead, he was someone who would stabilise the situation and put the club in with a chance of winning trophies again.
“That is what he is doing but, no, it is not very exciting.”