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Louis van Gaal claims Manchester United are still a work in progress

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Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United are better in defence than they are in attack, having kept three clean sheets in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils are in Belgium for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie, holding a 3-1 lead against Club Brugge, and Van Gaal believes United are still a work in progress in attack after scoring just two goals in three league games.

The Old Trafford club have lacked fluidity so far this season but did create more chances against Newcastle, however they were unable to apply the finishing touch as Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez missed good opportunities.

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As relayed by the Mirror, the Dutch boss said: "I divide football in four main moments and we have two moments where the opponent has ball - and then we are at our best, I think.

"We proved that last year already and now we are continuing with a lot of clean sheets, so that is very important, but we have to improve when we have the ball."

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ATTACKING ISSUES

Memphis Depay has struggled in the league since his move from PSV, but did put in a man-of-the-match performance in the first leg against Brugge, while Wayne Rooney continues to find it hard being isolated upfront.

Despite scoring the winning goal against Aston Villa, Adnan Januzaj has failed to progress on that performance, and Juan Mata is doing his best in an unnatural right midfield position.

The return from suspension of Marouane Fellaini could improve the Red Devils' fortunes in the attacking third and Van Gaal has confirmed he will play as a forward more this season.

SOLIDARITY

At the other end there has been no such trouble for United with Matteo Darmian filling seamlessly in at right-back and Chris Smalling and Daley Blind forming a solid partnership.

The defence are yet to come up against a formidable attacking threat this season, but the early signs are promising and if the Red Devils can click at the other end they could be a force to be reckoned with this season.

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