Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has gone out and defended manager Louis van Gaal from recent criticism.
United fans have been voicing their disappointment with the team’s lack of offensive flair this season, and “attack” chants have been heard by the fans on several occasions. Schweinsteiger spoke out about the manager and draws comparisons to when van Gaal was in charge at Bayern Munich.
“I recognize similarities between Louis van Gaal here and at Bayern Munich,’ Schweinsteiger told The Daily Mail. “In Munich if you remember it took a while before the team understood exactly how we wants to play football, but in the end we won the Bundesliga title and made it to the Champions League final.
“It is not about October or November, it is about May. I remember the fans were unsure about him early on at Bayern but in the end we did the double and so the fans in Munich loved him.
“I am sure Louis will bring success to United. I am convinced about that but we have to do our work and we have to improve. I am convinced it will happen.”
United sits in 4th place in the Premier League with 24 points in 12 games. The Red Devils have scored 17 goals in those games, the least amount of goals by any team in the top 7.
“He does accept, however, that the team have to do more at home,” Schweinsteiger said. “You have to be patient but, of course, during that you have to win, you have to get results and you have to score.
“You recognize what the supporters are saying but football is not only attack. There are teams with different game styles and they also win titles but I think especially in home matches we have to press and go forward.
“When you are playing a team who defend with 10 men it is not easy to find the gaps.
“It is not exclusive to England. You have seen Bayern draw 0-0 recently against Frankfurt because Frankfurt were defending with a lot of players.
“It happens but you have to find solutions and this is where we can still improve to make it easier for ourselves.
“There is still room for improvement but we did improve on breaking a team down.”