Van Gaal: Solksjaer parks the bus like Mourinho
Man u are still not playing the Fergie way under Solksjaer – Van Gaal
Louis Van Gaal, though admits that the atmosphere at the club is different under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as compared to under the Portuguese, he maintains that the two are ‘park-the-bus specialist.’
Solksjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Manchester United last December, with the latter having had to be relieved of his duty due to tumultuous relationship with some senior members in the team, Paul Pogba, most especially.
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Since the Norwegian took over, the Red Devils have only lost two games, but according to the Dutchman, who coached the club from 2004-06, posited that result is the major difference between Solksjaer and his predecessor – Mourinho.
“The coach after me [Mourinho] changed to park-the-bus tactics and played on the counter,” the 67 years old said in the BBC. “Now there is another coach who parks the bus and plays on the counter.
“The main difference between Mourinho and Solskjaer is that Solskjaer is winning.
“I am not there but there does look to be a change and the atmosphere seems to be better. It is also true that Solskjaer has changed Paul Pogba’s position and put him into an area where he is much more important.
“But the way Manchester United are playing now is not the way Ferguson played. It is defensive, counter-attacking football. If you like it, you like it. If you think it is more exciting than my boring attacking, OK. But it is not my truth.”
The former Netherland manager continued: “Solskjaer has just lost twice and he has to manage that. It is very important that Manchester United qualifies for the Champions League, as it was when I was manager.
But they can also win the Champions League because they play a defensive system and it is very difficult to beat them, which, whether you like it or not, is the result of Mourinho’s work.”