Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he will speak with the club’s owners, Joel and Avram Glazer, regarding the club’s summer plans over the forthcoming days.
This is according to Manchester Evening News football writer Samuel Luckhurst, who attended Van Gaal’s post-match press conference following United’s 3-1 victory over Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils produced another unconvincing performance against the relegation-threatened Premier League side, but secured all three points thanks to a brace from Chris Smalling and a second-half penalty by Robin van Persie.
Van Gaal concerned by whistling
As well as confirming that he will hold talks with the Glazers later this week - presumably over transfers, rather than his future - Van Gaal also admitted it was a “concern” that he heard whistles from sections of the Old Trafford crowd.
Widespread whistling was not reported last night, but what the veteran Dutch coach may have heard was the fans’ increasing dissatisfaction with the team’s below-par performance.
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United had fewer shots on goal than their opponents - despite home advantage and the fact their squad is worth significantly more money - and a 3-1 victory was undoubtedly a generous scoreline for the hosts.
Van Gaal on Rooney
Another area of frustration for Manchester United fans was watching captain Wayne Rooney produce another ineffective performance in central midfield.
The 29-year-old - who is currently the third highest goalscorer in the histories of both United and the England national team - has failed to have a single shot at goal in a Premier League match since the turn of 2015 after being deployed in a deep-lying midfield role by his manager.
And Van Gaal admitted that while Rooney did not enjoy his best game against the Clarets, the United skipper brings balance to the team in a deeper role - hinting that he will continue with the Rooney-in-midfield experiment.
“He was one of the players who showed best composure. You can ask this question every week but I have to decide,” Luckhurst went on to report. “Today he was not the Rooney I want to see but he brings better balance in midfield.”
Van Gaal admits poor display
Van Gaal also conceded that United played poorly on the night - and hopes for an improved performance when the Red Devils take on Preston North End in FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.
“We scored from set-plays, which we train from also. The second-half was a little bit better, but not much,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach added. “When you win such matches mostly it means we have a good team. We have to forget this match because it was not the best.
“You are assuming we are not playing well. I have only said this match was not good. Today you are right.”
United failing under Van Gaal
Manchester United fans are still waiting for their team to click under Van Gaal, who has failed to live up to the hype since arriving at Old Trafford last summer.
Entertaining, attack-minded football was expected - but Van Gaal’s side have produced dull, lacklustre displays almost without exception so far this season.
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