Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has pinpointed the exact reason why his side are conceding goals this season.
The Red Devils have looked vulnerable in the Premier League so far this campaign and have shipped no fewer than nine goals – that’s five more than second-placed Southampton and three more than Sunderland, who are 17th in the league table.
Of course, five of those nine goals that United have conceded came in one game: a stunning 5-3 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last month.
Van Gaal has now explained just why his team are conceding goals and is quoted by The Guardian as saying: ‘All the teams are mostly scoring goals out of counterattacks against us and free-kicks and corners – not that they make their goals like we do out of building up, first, second, third and fourth phase. That’s the difference and, when you want to be a big team, you have to perform like that.
'You must dominate the game. When they are organised and also when the team is organised in their own half, then you need these kinds of players [who can carry this out]. But you also need to think about the balance of the team and the defensive organisation at the same time. That is what I’m working on’.
Now that Van Gaal has pinpointed the problems, he is certain to work on it and make sure that his defence is tighter. One will get to see how much United’s back-line has improved from the last game on Sunday, when they host Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Roberto Martinez’s side have made a disappointing start to the season, but the Toffees do have players who can hurt United’s defence.
The likes of Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku have the potential to get the better of a new-look and young United back-line.