West Brom captain Darren Fletcher feels Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has struggled to adapt to Premier League demands.
Van Gaal looked odds-on to be dismissed at the start of the year, but the emergence of youngsters like Marcus Rashford has given United renewed hope of finishing in the top four. Fletcher’s take is interesting.
“Van Gaal is a fantastic coach but I think the Premier League has been a difficult challenge for him,” he says.
“I think he will be the first to admit that he has found it a lot more difficult than he expected. There are no easy games here.”
“Teams don’t stop; they keep going for 90 minutes, no matter what the score is. It is unique to the Premier League.”
“Van Gaal demands a team structure. He is very demanding of your role, what you do and where you should be.”
“It is about patience and is very structured, there is no doubt about that, but I learned a lot from it. He expects creativity at the right moments, he doesn’t expect it all the time.”
“People think the Premier League is all off the cuff, but it’s not. It’s a mix. The fans demand a certain way and players are used to playing to a certain way, but there are a lot of tactical gameplans as well.”