sheesh wrote:The reason critics went nuts is because they're largely used to the game being played a certain way. I would say that German football is probably the closest foreign comparator to English football. There are a whole host of reasons why German teams outperform English counterparts which I can't be arsed to go into but German and English football, in terms of the approach to the game, aren't miles apart in the way that English and Spanish football are. I'm not necessarily talking about formations as such.
I think any criticisms of Guardiola are unfair anyway, and particularly his approach at Barcelona. I think you can criticise the way arsenal tried to copy that style though. Now there is a club that perfected pointless arsing about with the ball. They were plodders.
Exactly, and that's what is happening here; we're used to United playing in a certain way, which has become a false romanticized way that we haven't played since the 90s, and it's being compared to Van Gaal's possession football
So take the Hull game, which was Van Gaal's philosophy in full, and it saw the fans booing, jeering and raging at 1-0 and 2-0 because they weren't happy with possession football
So that lot clearly don't like his football, and the campaign against it is snowballing to the point were last night he gave them the 442 they crave and it was still shit
So you and Alf suddenly viewing tika taka in a positive light - you wouldn't if we had it at United. You couldn't hack it.