Manchester United are going backwards under Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United's dismal start to the 2014/15 campaign has been well publicised with just one win from their opening six games in all competitions. But, the poor form shown by Louis van Gaal's side is highlighted even further when you consider that they have yielded less points than David Moyes did at the same stage of his ill-fated spell in charge last season.

The Red Devils ran out 4-1 winners against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on the opening day of 2013/14, getting the former Everton manager's reign off to a winning start. This term, against the same opposition - but with the added benefit of home advantage - Van Gaal's men suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Garry Monk's side played very well that day and so nothing much was read into the result, but the draws that followed against Sunderland and Burnley should've set alarm bells ringing heading into the international break, particularly after a shocking 4-0 loss at the hands of League One outfit MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

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Room for improvement

Manchester United looked to have reached a turning point when they cruised to a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers with the help of their late transfer window signings, but were quickly brought back to reality following a 5-3 loss against Leicester City on Sunday.

After twice surrendering a two-goal lead Van Gaal's men imploded at the King Power Stadium, leaving the Red Devils in 12th place in the Premier League table with just five points from their opening five games.

At the same stage last season under Moyes they had seven points after winning two, drawing one and losing two games having spent only a fifth of the £150 million outlay made by Manchester United after the Dutch coach's appointment.

Defensively weak

The current Manchester United squad outscored last year's side at this point last year by one goal, but also conceded more as well - highlighting the existing frailties in defence - meaning goal difference is, like the overall points tally, also inferior.

Red Devils fans are right to demand a significant upturn in form because on the basis of the collective showing so far the team has not been good enough, performing even worse than the players that came under-fire alongside Moyes last season.

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