Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has once again spoke about the need for more balance in the first XI as he prepares for the club’s first game in two weeks after the international break.
Despite wins against West Ham United and Everton taking the club into the top four for the first time in over a year, the team have struggled to see games out and both matches West Ham and Everton ended in the team clinging on to a 2-1 victory with the defence under constant pressure.
Speaking ahead of Monday night’s game against West Bromwich Albion, Van Gaal said: “We need more balance, I said that after the Everton match.
“I’m looking for balance in the team, not just spectacular attacking football. When you lose the ball, you must have a shape as a team and then you can defend more easily. You can kill the game better.”
Daley Blind‘s role in front of the defence has steadied the ship somewhat but injuries to Michael Carrick has forced van Gaal to use three attack minded midfielders in a diamond.
Whilst Carrick won’t be expected to walk back into the first XI, the option to bring on the experienced midfielder to help Blind protect the defence should help van Gaal’s side close games out more comfortably.
The return of Phil Jones should also allow van Gaal to play his first choice back four, another bonus as the manager prepares his side for upcoming games against Chelsea and Manchester City