Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has several questions to answer ahead of this weekend.
There’s no other way to describe it, last night was a disaster for Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal made the gutsy decision to throw several youngsters into his team to take on the MK Dons and it back fired big time as United were well beaten 4-0 by a team in English football’s third tier.
The result took away a lot of the excitement which was generated by a deal for Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria and leaves the Dutchman with a big headache ahead of this weekend’s trip to Burnley.
Here are five questions LvG has to answer before this weekend.
How does he keep morale high?
Van Gaal has already said it will take three months for the team to start playing the way he wants.
What he has to guard against is a drop in morale and questioning of his methods. It’s only natural for players to start questioning the system they’re using when defeats and poor results start to pile up.
Should he start Marcos Rojo?
If he has the right paperwork following his move to Old Trafford then absolutely.
Rojo can play on the left of the three centre-backs or out wide as the wing-back. If he plays in the middle then he can cover in the left-back area and he’s also good enough to provide width from that left hand side.
Should he start Angel Di Maria?
This is a no-brainer if the Argentine is fit and ready for action.
Di Maria is the sort of player who can unlock the Burnley defence if Sean Dyche’s side decide they want to drop off and protect their goal on park the bus fashion.
However, if Burnley decide to get at United and pile on the misery after some poor results, he has the pace to exploit the space on the counter attack.
Does he need to make any more signings?
Yes, at least two.
A centre-back and a gritty, aggressive midfielder would still make Manchester United’s squad even better.
Jonny Evans returned against the Dons but looked off the pace and United still don’t have a big presence like Kevin Strootman in the middle of the team following an injury to Michael Carrick.
Is 3-5-2 worth sticking with?
In LvG’s mind the answer will be yes.
He’s admitted it will take time for United to start playing the way he wants and he seems determined to have success in England using a different system and method to the more familiar 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.