Louis van Gaal: Manchester United must improve their finishing

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal lamented his side’s missed opportunities as they drew 0-0 away to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Reds struggled to carve out any real opportunities and even when Anthony Martial managed to fashion chances for both Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera, both failed to put them away.

It was the third game in a row that Man United have failed to find the back of the net as their problems in front of goal continue.

Van Gaal insisted his side have to finish their chances:

The likes of Rooney, Herrera and Juan Mata have all been below par in the final third and something will definitely need to change in order for United to get their season back on track. There has been a huge emphasis on keeping the ball and the players have been able to do that but the lack of incisive passing and forward drive is extremely frustrating.

Van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ definitely seems to have made a mark at United but there is no surprise that not everyone is an advocate for his style of football. His side have seemed short of ideas in the final third and have been uninspiring for a few weeks now, a run that included getting knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Middlesbrough.

United will turn their focus to the Champions League and hope they can bounce back against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford. No matter how they play in midweek, the Reds simply have to do something to make sure they find the net.

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