Louis van Gaal: Manchester United must be more clinical in front of goal

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United must be more clinical if they are to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Man United have struggled to get on the scoresheet in recent games, partly down to the indifferent form of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.

Wayne Rooney has played up top recently and scored against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night but he could not prevent a 2-1 defeat.

Van Gaal says United must keep fighting in order to qualify for the Champions League and also improve their finishing.

When asked about United’s top four chances, van Gaal said: ”Every game is very important because they each have an influence on the next game.

“The game against Arsenal has an influence on the match against Tottenham. We have to keep the fighting spirit and we have to be more effective in finishing our chances.”

It is true that United need to score more goals but van Gaal’s bizarre decisions this season haven’t helped.

Against Arsenal, the Dutchman had Radamel Falcao and Juan Mata on the bench but chose to bring on Adnan Januzaj instead. Yes, Falcao and Mata aren’t having the best of times right now but the pair undoubtedly have the quality to change a game. Their continued exclusion from the first-team has proved baffling for United fans.

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