Van Gaal blasts defender,says he thought he was a ‘striker’

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Louis Van Gaal has bemoaned Paddy Mcnair’s positioning and his attacking runs as United were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester.

“In the first half, we didn’t dominate as much as we did in the second half. So, in the second half, I was waiting on our goal but it didn’t come. They also had a good chance; we gave the ball away because [Paddy] McNair thought he was a striker at that moment and then the channels were open and then they could run in them.”

 

Jamie Vardy’s goal too came when United were caught on the break as Leicester sliced through the United defence with only three passes. Ashley Young and Darmian were the last men as they were unable to track Vardy’s run as he went on to score his record breaking 11th successive goal.

Van Gaal was forced to switch to a back three during the game as Leicester’s forwards were managing to make incisive runs around the United centerbacks.

“I had to close the channels for Vardy and Okazaki, and that was always a reason, and we also had one man more in midfield so we had a lot of space and, because of that, we dominated the game. But we have to create more chances and we didn’t do that. We had more chances than Leicester City, but not too much.”

 

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