Arsene Wenger has defender his Manchester United counterpart's tactics.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended Louis van Gaal's ‘logical’ Man Utd tactics.

The Manchester United boss amazed many last week when he tried to defend his side's tactical approach in his news conference, after West Ham manager Sam Allardyce called the Reds a long-ball team.

A tactics Van Gaal used in securing a 1-1 draw with the Hammers, after a direct ball from the United defence got to Marouane Fellaini, and the big Belgian knocked it down for Daley Blind to put into the net.

The result did upset Big Sam as he hoped for a win before Blind's late goal stole the show, hence the comments he made about the so called “long ball” approach.

Nevertheless, after many have criticised the Dutchman for his approach in defending his tactics with a dossier and playing style at United, like Paul Scholes did recently when speaking to BT Sport, the Arsenal manager reckons the situation has been exaggerated in recent days.

“I didn’t understand what was the problem. Manchester United went a bit ‘longer’ in the last 10 minutes,” The Sport Review quoted the Arsenal manager telling reporters at his pre-match news conference on Friday.

“I found that completely logical. There’s no reason for him to defend himself. An intelligent team knows how to exploit its strong points.

“I don’t even think Van Gaal said to his team ‘go longer’. But when they saw [Marouane] Fellaini on the pitch the guys at the back say, ‘Ah, I’ll kick it to Fellaini and then [Robin] van Persie or [Wayne] Rooney can score the goal’. It’s normal.”

Written by @Chukkymufc


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