Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reiterated his call for calm following Sunday’s 5-3 defeat by Leicester City.
The ‘Red Devils’ spilled a 3-1 second-half lead to lose at the ‘Foxes’ King Power Stadium. They have only managed a win from five Premier League matches and are with just five points from a possible 15- 8 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Sunday’s disappointing loss came on the back of a recent 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers (QPR). Prior to that loss, United have conceded three times and have scored six goals, a statistic Van Gaal says does not call for panic.
“It’s happened, it’s about overcoming things,” the 63-year-old said, responding to the event at Leicester. “It’s not a regular occurrence- when you see our figures in the Premier League, apart from this (Leicester) match, then we are defending well.
“The average is conceding less than one goal I think and we have scored a lot of goals. I think we are fifth or sixth (in this situation). I see it differently to a lot of journalists.”
The manager admitted his players were inconsistent in their approach to the second-half of the game against Leicester, but urge supporters to exercise patience as they acclimatise to his new ideas and philosophies.
“I don’t think the players have (seen a different side of me this week),” the boss said in his pre-game press conference ahead of West Ham visit.
“I don’t think my players are robots- they are human beings and human beings make errors. I am also a manager who always want to evaluate and discuss things. That’s the way I do things. I have done it this week is no different.
“At the start we won all of our games but now we are in difficult circumstances. We should have won last weekend- we had to win when we were 3-1 up.”
United yet face another difficult selection challenge in central defence for Saturday following confirmation that Chris Smalling pulled out of yesterday’s (Wednesday) training session.
Smallings joins Phil Jones and Jonny Evans on the injured players list, while Tyler Blackett is suspended following his red card in last weekend’s loss.
“Smalling came out of yesterday’s training session because he had stiff legs,” Van Gaal added. “I won’t take risks with players- they have to be fit.
“Jonny Evans bone is bruised a lot and we have to wait and see how it goes. I have nine injuries now and one player suspended with Blackett. All three of my right-sided centre-halves are out, so I will have to go to the youth education (system) and pick players from there.”