The following quotes about Manchester United’s current style of play are very relevant to youth player development and coaching:
“There’s a lack of creativity and risk. It seems Van Gaal doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in. The hardest thing to coach is scoring goals and creativity.“
-Paul Scholes, played his entire professional career for Manchester United and is the most decorated English footballer of all time, having won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.
“Manchester United are suffering from a lack of freedom. You see players where the ball could have been played forward with a little bit of risk but they tend to go square or back.
When Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm there was a clear style and identity but we also gave them the freedom to come up with their own solutions. There’s a lack of freedom now.”
-Rene Meulensteen, first-team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson.