Monday, 2 November 2015

Manager concerned by worrying goal drought

United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted he is concerned after the team's third consecutive goalless draw- the first time we've endured such a run since 2005.

United are fourth in the Premier League but have not scored in over five hours, with Saturday's 0-0 at Palace coming after similar stalemates against City and Middlesbrough. 

It's difficult to pinpoint exactly why this is happening- but LVG has insisted it is not a confidence issue.

"I cannot see that, when I see the characters I don't think that they doubt about that quality.
"It can change in one match and let it be against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday because we need a victory."

"There's a big concern but I already said that after the match against Middlesbrough.
"In that match we created a lot of chances but did not finish but today we didn't create so much so it is always more difficult."

The Reds have the meanest defence in the league- having conceded only eight goals in 11 matches (the opposite problem to last season when defensive uncertainty was our downfall) and have drawn criticism from club legend Paul Scholes.

Wayne Rooney's tame free-kick was the only shot on target we had at Selhurst Park, but despite calls to set the team up to attack more, LVG is unmoved.

"I think the right to defend is always there, and this was only the second time- at Arsenal of course also- when we were not the better team away so the fans have seen it very good but of course they are allowed to sing what they want.
"We are strong in the defensive phase, which is good also, but I am hopeful that the goals will come."

Rooney, who had another good chance to score in the first half, played as the lead striker with Anthony Martial again deployed on the left wing.

"As a manager I have to see what is the best balance in the team so I have to decide also every week depending on the game plan and strength of the opponent" added LVG.
"We have played with Martial in the striker's position but that was not the first time for him on the wing as in Monaco he played more or less always on the left wing so it is not a problem for him." 

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