MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has produced a dossier of statistics to respond to claims by West Ham that the team relies on long balls.
After the 1-1 draw in the English Premier League on Sunday, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce described Van Gaal's team as "long-ball United."
But Van Gaal said Allardyce's "interpretation" was incorrect, and the Dutch manager produced a pamphlet filled with statistics at a media conference on Tuesday to back his stance.
The pamphlet said 71.1 percent of West Ham's long passes -- over 25 meters -- went forward, whereas United's percentage was just 49.9 percent.
Diagrams showed United's passes went sideways or diagonally, rather than forward.