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Van Gaal Admits United Must Improve Offensively

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has come under fire for the lack of goalscoring by his team this season and a lack of creativity in the final third.

After two straight league games without a goal, critics has been piling on van Gaal and his tactics and selections up front. The Dutchman acknowledge that his team must improve and start scoring more goals.

“We – the players, the manager and the staff” are working hard to play the kind of attractive football that both he and the club are renowned for,” van Gaal told manutd.com during his pregame press conference ahead of United’s meeting with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

“We try to do that but I think the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is more difficult to develop that,” said the manager. “You can see it every week and not only with Manchester United, with the other teams. Anybody can win or lose to each other. Maybe it is more difficult in the Premier League, I don’t know, but we are trying to do that.

“We are hopefully making history but it takes time,” he added. “But I have said that before so I cannot repeat myself, otherwise it shall be [headlines of] ‘Van Gaal asks for time again!’

“Until now there is always progress, it’s always progress. I can remind you [the media] of the fact that you were saying, “Defending, defending, that is the problem.” No, no. Defensive organisation starts with the attackers, it’s the whole team.

“And now we are the best defenders of the Premier League, you are saying that we cannot attack. No, it is not true. It is only a moment in the process. We have stood first in the Premier League. Now we have a bad period because it is a bad period when you do not score goals. Because football is scoring goals.”

United takes on CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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