Man United vs Man City: Louis van Gaal reveals Pep Guardiola’s key tactical weakness

Louis van Gaal after Manchester United

It’s been several years since Louis van Gaal was in charge of Manchester United.

During his time at Old Trafford, LVG was constantly criticised for Man United’s style of play and performances.

Since leave the Theatre of Dreams, Louis van Gaal has steered clear of another club management role.

Instead, Van Gaal is often now seen on Dutch TV where he’s a pundit for Ziggo Sports.

Louis van Gaal reveals Man City’s key tactical weakness

A video is now gong viral on social media of Louis van Gaal revealing Man City’s key tactical weakness.

The video is in Dutch, however LVG’s main point is easy to grasp.

The former United boss believes that Man City’s main weakness is that they are too vulnerable in defensive transitions.

Put another way, when opponents are able to break at the City backline, Pep Guardiola’s men are often understaffed.

Examples of Man City’s defensive problems

During his analysis, Van Gaal flagged up a couple of examples of when Man City’s backline were exposed.

During City’s match against Everton, LVG showed how the Sky Blues commit so many players in their attacks that it leaves their defenders in one vs one situations.

Man City exposed vs Everton

Van Gaal then showed how Crystal Palace exploited Man City’s defensive weakness.

The Eagles, of course, bet at the Sky Blues 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

In his example, Van Gaal showed how Man City were left two vs two when Andros Townsend lead a Palace counter-attack.

Man City exposed vs Crystal Palace (1)

Man City exposed vs Crystal Palace (2)

Watch the full video below

Louis van Gaal closed out his analysis showing how Liverpool punished Man City last season.

On that occasion, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took advantage of the open space as City committed men forward.

The Ox scored with a wonderful long range hit.

Also see: Liverpool are ‘more basic’ than Man City & why you can write off Tottenham – Graeme Souness.

Neil Warnock labels Liverpool & Nathaniel Clyne a ‘disgrace’ after Bournemouth deal.

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