The Question: what is attacking football?

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After Manchester United’s goalless draw with West Ham in December, Louis van Gaal professed himself baffled by the Old Trafford crowd’s demands for his side to be more attacking. ‘I don’t understand that they are shouting ‘attack, attack’ because we are the attacking team and not West Ham United,’ he said. In doing so, he raised a question that seems fundamental to football and yet is surprisingly hard to answer: what is attacking?” Guardian – Jonathan Wilson

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