Louis van Gaal has encouraged his players to focus on the quality of their final ball ahead of Manchester United’s crucial Champions League qualifier with Club Brugge.
The Dutchman’s side attracted criticism from supporters after failing to convert attacking moves into clear cut chances during last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle United.
Despite an unbeaten start to the season, Man United have failed to carve out a sufficient number of opportunities in their first four games.
Aware of this issue, van Gaal has called on his side to improve on their final pass.
“Our possession of the ball is good because of our system. We always have three options when we are playing well to play the ball. I hope that we have more luck than in the last match though because, of course, we didn’t have that and we have to improve the last pass,” said van Gaal.
“We are getting there easily, that’s not a problem, but now we have a problem with the last pass or the finish so I hope we can show that and do well on Wednesday.”
The blatant black spot in United’s attack unavoidably lies with their captain Wayne Rooney, who has shown nothing but idleness and impotency so far this season. His decline in form, something that started several years ago, is impeding the players who surround him.
Rooney’s inability to act as an appropriate springboard for launching attacking moves will always incite a turgid attacking display from van Gaal’s side. If his run of poor form continues, United will always have issues with rounding off attacks.