Louis van Gaal explains why he prefers the 3-5-2 formation to a traditional 4-4-2

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted he doesn’t like his side using the 4-4-2 system as the formation doesn’t make him feel comfortable enough.

The Red Devils still haven’t been playing their best football under the 3-5-2 formation which the Dutchman likes and in their last win over the R’s at Loftus Road it was evident United were better with the 4-4-2 formation scoring two goals just after the formation changed.

However, Van Gaal feels his team is unbalanced with the 4-4-2 formation which has been deployed for many years and brought success at the club.

“We have won more with 4-4-2 in a diamond, but when you analyse the game then we have twitched on the bench,” Van Gaal said in a news conference on Thursday.

“I have twitched because we were out of balance. All the matches when we play 4-4-2 like against West Ham United it was always twitching and I don’t like it.

“They are still not comfortable [with 3-5-2]. That is very important that they are comfortable. I would like them to feel more comfortable. But we have to do our preparation in the season so we are doing a lot of things during the matches.

“But we have had a fantastic run of results except Southampton at home. Up to now I am pleased and we are going in the right way.”

Manchester United take on Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

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