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Louis van Gaal defends Manchester United’s performance against CSKA Moscow

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has defended his side’s performance against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League this week.

The Reds overcame the Russian champions 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal but were underwhelming on the night as a whole.

Man United struggled to break their opponents down and once again looked short of ideas in the final third. It was crucial that United eventually got the win but fans were definitely concerned by the performance.

However, van Gaal is not worried just yet. Despite another mediocre showing, the manager was happy with the display put on by his side but lamented the number of missed opportunities.

“I think we have attacked 85 mins of the 90 [against CSKA] so we have given a lot of entertainment,” van Gaal said.

“It is about the goals. It is difficult to disorganise the teams with 10 men behind the ball. If two teams attack it is easier.”

United have not played free-flowing, attacking football since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement and fans’ patience is starting to grow thin. The club have always looked to play their football in a certain manner and many feel that van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ is hampering that ideal.

The goals have dried up over the past month or so but United have the perfect opportunity to put things right when West Bromwich Albion visit on Saturday. The Reds are the massive favourites going into the game at Old Trafford and will be desperate for three points and a good performance to please the crowd.

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