Andy Cole discusses one of Man United’s biggest problems

Andy Cole says Manchester United are struggling from their inability to protect a lead this season

Andy Cole says one of Manchester United’s biggest problems is their inability to protect leads.

The Red Devils made the breakthrough early in the second half of Saturday’s clash after Anthony Martial beat Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski at Old Trafford.

However, Iceland international Gyfli Sigurdsson headed past David De Gea to level for the visitors and ensure a nervy final 20 minutes in the Premier League clash.

But summer signing Martial teed up Wayne Rooney in the 77th minute to secure three points for Louis van Gaal’s side and end an eight-game winless run.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports following United’s win, Cole claimed that the Red Devils’s lack of confidence means that Van Gaal’s players get nervous when they have a lead to protect.

“When we do go a goal up, we become very fragile,” Cole said.

“When we went 1-0 up yesterday, Swansea got themselves back in the game. I don’t know if it is a lack of confidence, but when we go a goal up, we struggle and it is a fight again to get back ahead.”

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United are in fifth place and nine points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal after their 2-1 victory over struggling Swansea at Old Trafford.

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