Louis Saha: Manchester United will get back to the top by making this basic improvement

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha says that consistency is all that's keeping the club from returning to the top of the game.

After Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in Sunday's big derby, Louis van Gaal has actually taken one point fewer than his predecessor David Moyes did at this stage last season.

The Dutchman hasn't quite had things all his own way since arriving at Old Trafford, and the struggles in defence have made his life incredibly difficult.

Injuries have struck for Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling already this season, leaving Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett as the only centre backs available.

With three wins, four draws and three defeats, United haven't quite hit their stride yet, but the signs are there that they are learning how to play in van Gaal's methods.

However, ex-Red Devils striker Louis Saha says that his former club are still too inconsistent, but once they erase that from their performances, they will be back on top of the Premier League pile.

"If you don’t have consistency, you play well one weekend and the next two weeks you are not playing well, it doesn’t work like that," he told Goal. "A big team like Manchester United has always worked with that standard. That is a basic for a big club."

"That is the hard thing that you have to work with when you are a big manager, and when you are holding that kind of pressure."

"But Manchester United have the funds, the fan base and the quality inside the club and it is a matter of time before they are back [to the top]," added the Frenchman.

After spending £150m in the summer, van Gaal is widely expected to add more talent in January, and if he can strengthen his defence, that consistency may well arrive.

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