Darren Fletcher urges United to keep believing in Van Gaal philosophy

Darren Fletcher

The Manchester United midfielder says they must play better and 'master' their manager's new system.

It's been one of the worst starts the Red Devils have had to a season for many a year. In their first three Premier League games they have lost one and drawn two, and crashed out of the Capital One Cup in dramatic fashion last week losing 4-0 to MK Dons.

Many have placed the blame on the new system that Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has brought into the club. The former Netherlands manager is trying to implement his 3-5-2 philosophy onto the 20-times Premier League champions and it is proving very difficult thus far.

United vice-captain and Scotland international, Darren Fletcher, has revealed his disappointment at the bland 0-0 draw with Burnley at the weekend, and says the team must improve.

He told the Daily Mail: “We have to master the system and we have to play better and win individual battles.

“There are other things that come into it apart from the system. I am confident that we will put things right if we keep believing in ourselves and the manager.

“This is another disappointing result so when we come back from our internationals we are going to have to work on things.

“Everything is new but basic football principles come into it, too. We are trying our best. We just need to keep believing in the manager’s philosophies and ideas.”

It was obvious that introducing a new system at a club like United was not going to be easy, but nobody expected this many teething problems especially considering how well the club played during an undefeated pre-season.

The defence that looked relatively solid before the season began now looks fragile and nervous, and the free-flowing football and goals have completely dried up, scoring only two in four games.

Whilst many bemoan the two-week international break that comes so early into the season, those at United will arguably be the most thankful for it.

When the league resumes on the 14th September United face QPR at Old Trafford and with a bit of luck many of those currently on the treatment table will be fit and raring to play.

How long should United persist with Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation?

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