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United boss blasts “very bad” defending in draw

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has blasted his side’s defensive shortcomings in the aftermath of the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw against Stoke City on New Year’s Day.

The Potters took an early lead through a second-minute Ryan Shawcross goal after United failed to deal with a Stoke corner, and despite Falcao levelling the scores in the first half, van Gaal’s side were unable to find a winner as the game finished all square.

“We know that is happening. We have had two meetings about it,” said Van Gaal after the match.

“We knew Crouch was heading the ball to a second player, who was totally free. That was very bad.”

“We have to play better in away matches. In my opinion, there is no difference in away matches to at home because our fans are fantastic. We have to do better.”

The draw sees United remain in third place in the Premier League with 37 points from 20 games.

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