22 January 2015 : Â Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson jokingly referred to it as “squeaky bum time” but current boss Louis van Gaal has coined another phrase to describe the anxieties of football management.
The Dutchman, 63, claims he and his staff have been “twitching our ass” in the dugout any time he has been forced to ditch his favoured 3-5-2 system and revert to a 4-4-2 formation that United fans are more familiar with.
At a media briefing ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Cambridge United, Van Gaal was repeatedly questioned on his use of 3-5-2.
It was when asked by a reporter to explain why United were second in possession over the last six games yet 16th in terms of efforts on goal, he amended the phrase Ferguson made famous.
He said: “I know all the stats. I read the stats. I know that we have won more with 4-4-2 in a diamond.
“But when you analyse the game then we have twitched our ass on the bench.
“I said to my players I was squeezing my ass but it was the wrong expression, I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance.
“We lost the game against Leicester City 5-3. That was undeserved. The referee gave a penalty for nothing. At that time the result was 3-2, no problem. Then you are a great club. But we lost 5-3.
“All the matches when we play 4-4-2, like against West Ham United it was always twitching your ass. I don’t like that.
“We have won nine or 10 in a row then we lose one match and then the discussion about the system is coming. It is ridiculous.
“Now I have answered your question in a very good way.”
Source :Â BBC Sport