Manchester United's playing style criticised by Adidas chief executive
By Jefferson Lake
Last Updated: 04/01/16 10:25pm
Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer says Manchester United's playing style is "not exactly what we want to see".
Louis van Gaal has been criticised throughout the current campaign for his perceived defensive tactics at Old Trafford, with former player Paul Scholes saying he would not wish to play under the manager and suggesting the team had no risk or creativity.
Prior to last Saturday's 2-1 win over Swansea City, United had gone eight games without a victory - in which they only scored five goals - a sequence which ensured the worst December in the club's history.
United have managed just 15 goals at Old Trafford so far this season; the lowest home record of all 92 Football League clubs.
Adidas last season signed a world-record £750m, 10-year deal to manufacture Manchester United's kit and while business has exceeded the firm's expectations, chief executive Hainer admitted he has been less pleased with the team's on-pitch performances.
"This success confirms again that Manchester United is not just a football club," said Hainer.
"With more than 650 million fans globally it is one of the world's most supported sports clubs.
"This special club has not only a rich history but also a reputation for success. Business with Manchester United is going very well, we have sold more shirts than expected.
"We are satisfied, even if the current playing style is not exactly what we want to see."