West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has described Louis van Gaal’s philosophy at Manchester United as effective rather than boring as many will like to believe.
The Croatian will lead the Hammers to Old Trafford on Saturday full of confidence after they defeated Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal during the cause of this season but may struggle as they are yet to win any game in their last consecutive four premier league fixtures.
The manager told reporters: “Well they are different than, let’s say, the [Sir Alex] Ferguson era, when especially at home they were electric, playing more vertically, but you say narrow victories, but they are victories. So they are winning, they’re not conceding goals and somebody said they are boring, but they having the ball.
“They are not a team that is giving you the ball and defending, you can call that kind of football, sometimes, boring. They have the ball possession, they are controlling the game and trying to win every game. Especially at home, when the opponents are defending with numbers and are compact, you can’t play very vertically.
“You need gaps and space behind or in between the lines of the opponent. That’s hard to find. We can call it controlled football, we can call it patient football, but it is so far very effective because they are sitting good in the table.”
West Ham are currently eighth on the premier league log while Manchester United sit third with 28 points, a point behind joint leaders Leicester City and Manchester City.