What is Manchester United Identity?

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Manchester United Identity in Sir Alex Ferguson: Attacking from Wings

Manchester United identity in Sir Alex Ferguson regime cannot leave the British identity, so how was United today in Louis van Gaal regime? It still questionable.

In Sir Alex era Manchester United identity is known as a determinant attacking team. In the 90’s where Man United dominate English Football, the squad was full of stubborn and temperamental individuals such as Eric Cantona and Roy Keane. As other player like Gary Pallister and Peter Schmeichel do not stop shouting the defenders almost in entire game.

Playing from the wings is another manchester united identity no matter what type of formation Sir Alex chose. 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 or 4-3-3 does not matter as long as the team can create chances from the side of the field.

Even in 2008 where Man United era of dominating Europe comes to end, Sir Alex Fergusson play formation of 4-3-3 without pure striker. The top three Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and Carlos Tevez moved swiftly upfront. However, Manchester United identity to play from the wing and crossing still attaching to the team.

After Ronaldo departure, Manchester United identity of wing play moved to a conventional method. Antonio Valencia, bought as replacement of CR7, was not the same type of player as the star. Antonio type of play is more of classic winger. He prefers to play his right foot and to cross than to cut inside like most of modern winger.

After Fergie retired David Moyes failed to do “renovation” on Manchester United squad and tactical gameplay. The burden then come to Louis van Gaal.

New Manchester United Identity on Louis van Gaal, European Football

Louis van Gaal himself was devoted to European football style. It means Manchester United identity will change and the team will work hard to implement the new identity.

Louis van Gaal had played various tactical style in 2014/2015 English Premier League. Yet we can see the new identity he brought to Manchester United. Simple pass, and the players are running to confuse opponents to score is the new manchester united identity implied by the manager. However this new identity gave crucial problems.

One example was seen in the lack of holding midfielder, Michael Carrick can do the task but when he is gone injured United midfield went rocking. No wonder LvG determined to buy a holding midfielder to the squad in the summer transfer.

United ex-player Michael Owen said that United identity under Louis van Gaal is not clear compare to Ferguson’s era.

Owens commented on the team in ESPN interview that United have to struggle to get in the top four after spending much money. The team do not even have to play at Champions League as their focus is not distrupt.

Yet he added the recent squad cannot be compare to the team under Sir Alex Fergusson and he gives doubt how United will compete in both Premier League and Champions League next season.

The current manager indicates that the transition process still in progress and the fans will have to be patient to see how the club progress with the new identity.


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