Man United boss urges players to perform better away from home

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has urged his players to perform better in away games, Express reports.

Van Gaal gave his mid-season evaluation of the squad, citing that they must step up a gear away from Old Trafford after winning just two out of their nine on the road.

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The Dutchman also admitted those two victories – against Southampton and Arsenal – were lucky, and they need to improve if they want to be title contenders.

“I think we are still in a process,” he said. “I think everyone can see that we are improving every week in spite of a lot of injuries, and that’s because of the philosophy.

“I think the players understand the philosophy, and that’s why we are improving – but we can improve more when we have all the players available.

“We can be satisfied with our points total – 36 points. We are within our target  and we can go into 2015 with optimism. But We have to show better form away. We have to dominate away matches like we have at home.

“We have only won two away matches at Arsenal and Southampton and we were the lucky team in both of them.”

United will play their first game of the New Year away from home, travelling to the Britannia to face Stoke City on Thursday.


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