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28th Mar 2019

Gary Neville hits back at Louis van Gaal over Solskjaer comment

LVG claimed Solskjaer parks the bus just like Jose Mourinho

Darragh Murphy

Gary Neville has hit back at Louis van Gaal for his comments about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Prior to confirmation of Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager on a permanent basis, Van Gaal claimed the perception that the Norwegian is an attacking coach is false.

Van Gaal insists Solskjaer is just as defensive as his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, and rubbished some supporters’ belief that their new manager plays in a similar way to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

“The coach after me (Mourinho) changed to park-the-bus tactics and played on the counter,” Van Gaal told the BBC. “Now there is another coach who parks the bus and plays on the counter. The main difference between Mourinho and Solskjaer is that Solskjaer is winning.

“The way Manchester United are playing now is not the way Ferguson played. It is defensive, counter-attacking football. If you like it, you like it. If you think it is more exciting than my boring attacking, OK. But it is not my truth.”

Former United right-back Gary Neville is not having the Dutchman’s theory at all and laid into Van Gaal’s footballing philosophy while coming to the defence of Solskjaer.

Neville, who was a big proponent of United appointing Solskjaer as soon as possible, believes that there is no contest when it comes to the entertainment value of Solskjaer’s football when compared to Van Gaal’s.

“I saw Louis van Gaal the other day say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s football is Jose Mourinho’s but winning,” Neville told Sky Sports. “Louis van Gaal’s football at Manchester United was the worst I’ve ever seen.

“Jose Mourinho’s was far better than Louis van Gaal’s even though it obviously wasn’t acceptable in terms of what the fans want to see.

“We’ve had a lot of change at the club in the last four or five years with different managers coming in, world-class managers. It’s not worked.

“Ole has brought in a level of happiness and excitement back to the fans. At least that’s something because, to be fair, it has been difficult in the last three or four years to watch what we’ve seen.”

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