Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has faith in his defenders

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is defensive about his, well, defence.

Louis van Gaal does not believe that Manchester United have a problem with conceding goals.

The Dutchman made the comments during a press conference on Friday ahead of the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

‘I don't agree with your opinion of the defence (that United should be concerned)’, Van Gaal is quoted as saying by United's official website. ‘If you don't count the five goals at Leicester, we have better than Chelsea I believe.

‘That's not the problem, the balance is. That is why I have remodelled the structure of my team. Now I have to solve the problems of the injuries every week, that's another story’.

Van Gaal’s comments about United not conceding too many goals make sense - to a certain extent.

The Red Devils have conceded 14 goals in 10 matches, while Premier League leaders Chelsea have shipped 10.

Five of the goals that United conceded came against Leicester City in a stunning game that saw the Manchester outfit suffer a 5-3 defeat after going 3-1 up (click here to read more).

The problem with United’s defence is that they have conceded goals that have cost them points. With Robin van Persie struggling at the moment and Radamel Falcao still injured, their forward line has also failed to compensate for the goals leaked.

As much as Van Gaal would like to deny it, United’s defence does not look confident or assertive; Chelsea’s does.

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