Gary Neville analyzes Man United’s defeat to Swansea

Manchester United lost to Swansea 2-1 as Louis Van Gaal faced his first defeat of the season. Garry Monk’s brilliant tactical change after United scored the opening goal led to the Welsh team scoring two goal immediately after that.  United couldn’t muster a determined response as the hosts sat back and defended brilliantly.

Van Gaal has some serious issues to resolve before the match against Liverpool as United still look a side without a clue on how to score goals. David De Gea will be expected to take his place in the starting line up again as the Spaniard’s transfer saga is finally over. Van Gaal has to make a decision about Anthony Martial too. Young and raw,the Frenchman doesn’t seem to close to the Premier League level and with immense pressure on his shoulder it will be a surprise if he becomes a regular started this year for Manchester United in the Premier League.

Also Van Gaal has opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation in the first few matches as United struggled to break down defences,with Martial in the ranks now,United might play with a 4-4-2. United fans certainly would love to see some of the attacking verve of the Fergie years return to Old Trafford,Van Gaal will be secure in his job if he can provide that

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