The Red Devils drew a blank against Manchester City in the Manchester Derby last weekend, were eliminated from the Capital One Cup on penalties against Middlesbrough in midweek following a 0-0 draw, and could only manage a 0-0 draw away at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Their struggles come despite boasting England’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney as well as Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial, two young forwards brought to the club at great expense during the summer.
Speaking to MUTV after the match, van Gaal has expressed his frustration at his side’s inability to take their chances.
“You have to finish your chances,” the coach began. “We have to score in the next game to make everybody happy.”
Louis van Gaal to #MUTV: “You have to finish your chances. We have to score in the next game to make everybody happy.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 31, 2015
The draw against Crystal Palace means that United drop down into fourth in the table, being overtaken by Leicester City, who came from behind to defeat West Bromwich Albion.
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United’s striking struggles are clean when one considers that their title rivals Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and even 15th-placed Chelsea, have all scored more goals than the Red Devils, who have managed only 15 goals in 11 outings.
Despite their considerable summer outlay, United have scored as many goals as newly-promoted Norwich City who sit down in 16th place.