Louis van Gaal still trying to find Manchester United balance

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has admitted he is still trying to find the balance in his Manchester United team following a string of poor performances.

Against West Ham United last week, Man United were slow, predictable and struggled to create chances. They were lucky to take anything away from the game as Daley Blind’s goal salvaged a late draw.

A 3-1 victory against Burnley on Wednesday night suggested a more comfortable performance but United were again far below their best. A particularly disappointing first half saw Burnley spurn a number of good chances.

Van Gaal has switched between a 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 diamond formation this season as he looks to improve performances and the Dutchman admits he is still looking to find the right balance in his team.

Speaking about United’s style of play, van Gaal said: “I have played now already five or six systems and I am looking still for the balance. This system is more balanced than normally and I can play with more attacking players. In spite of the fact that we are looking for the balance, our results are not bad and our defensive organisation is not bad, we also score a lot of goals. So, I cannot say that I am very disappointed about that.”

As van Gaal says, United have been producing results despite their below par displays and Ander Herrera‘s performance from the bench against Burnley gave more voice to fans who firmly believe he will help create the balance which Van Gaal so desperately craves.

That being said, one loss in 18 games suggests van Gaal has at least made the team incredibly hard to beat, which will be vital as they bid to qualify for the Champions League.

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