Man United boss rules out physical defender despite suffering against Stoke City

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has ruled out the possibility of signing a physical centre-back despite seeing his team being unable to cope with Stoke City’s aerial threat, Mirror reports.

Apart from losing a goal in the first few minutes courtesy of a Peter Crouch flick-on to Ryan Shawcross, the United back line were having continuous problems trying to deal with the constant aerial bombardment their opponents were unleashing.

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Van Gaal admitted that the Potters are a team that were very strong aerially and the fact that his side lost a goal the way they did disappointed him.

“We started very badly. When you concede from a set play that you have prepared and they scored the same way we had told, that was a big disappointment.

“But it is difficult to defend when we are not so tall. Steven Nzonzi is taller and Crouch is taller so it is not so easy. We have to play always those kind of games because the opponent is always taller than us.

When he was asked about a new centre to cope with future aerial threats, the Red Devils boss said that he isn’t looking to match Stoke’s style of play.

“No, we want to play another kind of football than Stoke City.”


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