Rotation of Positions: Louis Van Gaal's United Strategy
The grueling stretch of the Barclays Premier League resumes during the midweek. After an awful match on Sunday against West Ham, Manchester United and their manager Louis van Gaal are almost desperate for three points.
The match against West Ham along with some other games Manchester United has played in recent times has put Van Gaal under the microscope. The match against the Hammers saw Louis van Gaal deploy both Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie as forwards with Angel Di Maria as the attacking midfielder.
The main problem with this set up as many have criticized Louis Van Gaal is to the position he deployed Di Maria.
Louis Van Gaal seems to be looking or perhaps "rotating" his attacking midfielders with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria. Critics lash out as to why Di Maria is playing in a creative midfield role when the Argentine's main strength is his pace and his ability to run at defenders. Instead, the Dutch manager has opted to play Di Maria behind the two strikers instead of on the flanks.
The setup and squad of players on the field look in fact quite lost with their roles on the field. Perhaps the constant "rotation" of players may be harming United since the Red Devils are not well versed with playing in each other's position.
Not all the players on United have the versatility that other players offer to the squad. Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick have been the two workhorses on the field for Louis Van Gaal.
Much like Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, a midfielder needs to drop down into the center back role much like Carrick. Even the younger Dutch midfielder Daley Blind finds himself having to serve a different role every now and then. The squad needs one of their excess forwards to drop from a creative attacking role or a goal scorers role into the deeper midfield spot fighting for possession and breaking up plays, much like Wayne Rooney.
The clock is slowly ticking on Louis van Gaal and the main goal the Red Devils absolutely must achieve is a return into the Champions League.
The Red Devil faithful were quite quick to turn on David Moyes when it looked like their ship was more than sunk in the previous campaign. The difference now is the squad is slightly different with new acquisitions from last summer and one player from Bolton during January.
Van Gaal really needs to start solidifying his squad and the players that will take on roles for Manchester United. Teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and now Southampton are eyeing the much-coveted third and fourth place spot.
Fifth place will be seen as a large fail for the Red Devils since the main goal is to return to Champions League, and not to re-enter the Europa League.