Louis van Gaal has told his attacking pool of talent they need to retain possession better if they are to stop conceding goals, the Daily
United have alarmingly conceded nine goals in their first six league games in what has been a very tough start to life in the Premier League for Van Gaal.
They conceded five in their last match against newly promoted Leicester and gave away two goal leads twice in the game they eventually lost 5-3.
The Dutchman refuses to solely blame his defenders – who have come in for heavy criticism – and believes it is a team effort with defence starting from the front.
And he wants the likes of Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria to start helping their defensive colleagues more and cherish the ball.
He feels they are giving the ball away too cheaply and putting the back line under a lot of pressure.
“I want to improve so that we don’t lose the ball so easily,’ said Van Gaal.
“That is our problem, not our defence, we are easily losing the ball but that is also the character of our team, because we have a lot of creative players and they need more discipline.
“So we are looking for a balance in attacking football without thinking too much about only attacking, but also guarding our defence.
“We have a lot of creative attacking players at our selection, and I like that, but I like also that you have the discipline to come back in a certain shape because now we have conceded too many goals.
“I want my defensive organisation to be better, but the defence begins in the striker’s position.”
United host Everton this weekend who did the double over the Red Devils last season, eventually costing David Moyes his job in April.
A win will potentially lift the club to third in the table given results go their way.
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