“I do think [Erik] Ten Hag’s football is very different from [Louis] van Gaal’s,” explained Gary Neville on beIN SPORTS.
“It is quicker, they play more fast-paced, they have tempo on the ball when they pass.
“I think some of the movements are really good. There are some games where he has to dumb it down because he realizes he’s playing against better teams and he comes back.”
The Manchester United legend continued: “But what he’s done in midfield with Casemiro, Bruno [Fernandes], and [Christian] Eriksen, I think it’s got United playing quickly back through midfield players and looking forward.
“Casemiro and Eriksen pass forward all the time through the lines. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] was playing counter-attack quick a lot, playing deep and going on the counter-attack, like [Jose] Mourinho.
“Van Gaal was possession, but sometimes without real purpose, it felt like they were playing sideways. Ten Hag’s style looks like it’s got a balance of both, at the moment. But there’s a long way to go.”
United began 2022/23 with back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Brentford but have bounced back since then.
The Red Devils went into the World Cup break in fifth place in the table – just three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.