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After Manchester United’s loss against PSV yesterday evening, there has been a massive amount of fall out with many lamenting the tragic injury to Luke Shaw, while others have questioned what that very injury means in terms of reshaping what had looked like a solid back-line.
However, one aspect that has flown reasonably low under the radar was the strikingly attacking XI that Louis van Gaal selected for the clash. Herrera in midfield, Mata in the pocket, two actual wingers playing on the wings, a centre forward up top… surely this wasn’t the work of the Iron Tulip?
Well, one mailbox reader has a conspiracy theory and surprisingly enough, it makes a lot of sense. Could Ryan Giggs already be managing Manchester United’s Champions League campaign?
Check out the fascinating theory below.
Is That Giggs’ Side?
The thought occurred to me when United played their UCL qualifier and having dismissed it then, I can’t do the same again. Was last night’s team selection, formation and tactics really Van Gaal’s instruction? Hear me out, I have a feeling that LVG is giving the responsibility of choosing the first team and tactics for UCL matches to Giggs while LVG chooses the subs (based purely on the defensive composition of last night’s bench) and when to bring them on.
The reason behind this line of thinking is simply the totally contrasting styles and tactics for United in the Prem vs UCL.There were a good few occasions last night I saw Memphis playing across the attacking third yet in the Prem he’s usually confined to the flank. I stand to be corrected but was that the first time Mata has started a game as a 10 under LVG? Added to this, Van Gaal has already stated he’s not too confident in United’s chances in the UCL, so maybe giving Giggs a chance to get some real management experience at the highest level without the pressure of being the main man is part of the plan.
As for the substitution after Luke Shaw’s injury (I was truly distraught when I hit rewind and used slow motion because the producer refused to show us a replay and see Memphis tell the first medic on the field “It’s snapped” with a slicing arm movement), Daley should have stayed at CB instead of changing our central defensive pairing and let Rojo play in the position he excelled in for Argentina at WC2014. As for why I believe LVG chooses the subs, having Fellaini on the field instead of having an option like Pereira on the bench is too risky a choice for LVG even though I would have rather seen Pereira come on instead with Schneiderlin shielding the back four once Schweini tired in the later stages.
Best wishes to Luke and his family.
Raoul Yash (Sunny Durban, South Africa)