Louis van Gaal not worried about Man Utd’s defence

Louis van Gaal insists that he is not worried about Manchester United’s back line, despite Leicester loss

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Louis van Gaal is not worried about Manchester United’s back line, despite them conceding five goals against a newly-promoted side for the first time in the Premier League last weekend.

The United manager was speaking ahead of his team’s match against West Ham United on Saturday.

And asked about defensive concerns following the Red Devils’ 5-3 defeat to Leicester last time out, the Dutchman was in bullish mood.

Asked if he felt any sense of panic, Van Gaal said: “No. It is happening, it’s about overcoming it.

“It’s not a regular occurrence when you see our figures in the Premier League. Except [for] this match, we are defending well, our average is less than one and we scored a lot of goals.”

Van Gaal was eager to accentuate the positive elements of his team’s start to the season, and to brush off their stunning defeat to the Foxes.

“I think we are fifth or sixth in terms of goals, I don’t know,” he said. “I see the difficulty as, more or less, a lot of journalists. I say only that you are looking the other way. Maybe you can listen very carefully.

“We have had some wins and should have [had more] wins. When you are 3-1 ahead after 60 minutes you have to win. Then we are two points off second in the table.

“But because of the loss we are sitting here and you are talking like that and questioning me like that.”

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