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United Lose Again, Van Gaal On The Ropes

Manchester United lost their third straight game in the Premier League as the Red Devils fall 2-0 to Stoke City on Saturday.

Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic scored for the home side in the first half to secure the win for Stoke and send United into further misery. It’s been blowing a lot of critical winds around manager Louis van Gaal and the speculations about the Dutchman’s future at the club will continue.

Van Gaal said after the game that his team was lackluster in the first half and “didn’t dare to play football” but that they played better in the second half.

“My thoughts are that we didn’t dare to play football in the first half and then we gave a very bad goal away,” van Gaal told manutd.com. “That was too much. They scored from a free-kick and then it was half-time. We have spoken with each other and I have to say the second half was much better, we created one or two chances and you have to score. Then the belief is coming back and we played better in the second half, but the problem is we didn’t dare to play. That is my analysis.”

Van Gaal walked out on the pregame press conference after a long rant about how the media has been speculating about his future at United. After the game he answered a question regarding if he was the right man to motivate the players.

“That is now the big issue, I have tried to do everything but the pressure shall be higher and higher with every match,” van Gaal said. “That is the problem now. It is more difficult because I am also part of the four matches we have lost so people are looking at me and I have to deal with that, but more importantly the players have to deal with that because they are the ones who have to perform.”

United is on a dire streak of seven winless games in a row in all competitions. United takes on Chelsea on Monday at Old Trafford.

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