Aye, possession isn't the problem. It's the law now, it's how the game is played from Argentina to North Korea. You have to pass the ball because lumping it doesn't work.bman2 wrote:No one is saying he's a rubbish manager ffs, his record speaks for itself. But there has been a glaring problem in our game even when everything was going well: we don't create enough chances or take enough shots. We got good results because for a while we had an above-average goals per shot ratio. Now our goals per shot ratio is returning to the mean, which is likely over the course of a season, and so now we're not scoring any goals. In the first half of the season van Persie would have taken one of his chances, but now he's rusty, so he didn't. But even though we were losing the game and controlling possession, we still hardly worked any chances for him during the last half hour.
That's what drives me absolutely spare: when we tied or losing a match, dominating possession, and DOING FUCK ALL WITH IT. I totally respect the possession game, but when you're in that situation, you have to be able to kick it up a level, switch gears and take a few more chances in order to increase your own chances of scoring.
But to be fair to him, our squad is just not that good. We have very few players with the quality on the ball to pass it quickly. Our passing game is toothless in part because it's so fecking slow and predictable.
And short, slow passing in midfield is fine, if boring. But in the final third you have to quicken it up, you have to move off the ball to drag defenders out of position and give them problems, and you have to play one touch. That's the bit we're shit at. We're static, slow, thick.
But Gaal's teams don't play slow static shit football (but they do if you choose to only look at what he did with Holland, not Spain, Germany etc. also tournament football is different to club football so they're incomparable), and he regularly moans aout it in his post match interviews, so it must be the squad not being able to do what he wants them to do consistently.
The only time we've pulled it off was the 3-0 against Hull - and the fans were still booing and jeering because they don't like it even if it works. They want more risks, more drama, people running with the ball outside of their "zones", taking players on etc. So we've got a big problem that will come to fore if we don't win any trophies next season, and if the possession football doesn't become more interesting and useful.
But I think we're getting closer to knowing what we from United