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Adidas chief unimpressed with style of Man United play under Van Gaal

Published 04/01/2016 | 13:11

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer has joined the chorus of criticism for the style of play being promoted by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

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While Hainer has revealed that sales of the United kit have exceeded the company's expectations following their record breaking £750m deal with the Old Trafford club, Van Gaal will not welcome the negative comments on the football he is overseeing.

The pressure has eased on Van Gaal's position as United manager in recent days, with Saturday's nervous 2-1 win against Swansea ending an eight-game winless run.

Yet it seems as if the negativity over the dour football United have served up this season has not gone unnoticed by Adidas chiefs.

"We are happy even though Manchester United is currently playing in a way that we do not really want to see," stated Hainer in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung.

"Things are running smoothly with United. We are selling more (United kit) than expected, with 60 per-cent of sales being in the overseas market outside of England."

Van Gaal hopes his side have turned a corner after their victory against Swansea last weekend, with an FA Cup tie against Sheffield United on Saturday the next test for the veteran Dutch tactician.

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