Louis van Gaal has admitted that Manchester United must improve their away form this season if they are to mount a Premier League title challenge.
The Red Devils won only six games on the road last season – less than any other team in the top half apart from Stoke City – as they finished fourth in the final standings.
They begin their away campaign this evening with a trip to Aston Villa, where they have not lost a league game since 1996, and Van Gaal is demanding improved results.
“The key for success this season is improving our away results,” he is quoted by the Daily Express as saying. “We had the third best home record last season. I wanted to create a fortress at Old Trafford and we did that but we have to improve away and we can improve because last year we were not good.”
United began the season with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford last Saturday. Van Gaal could name an unchanged team, with Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones still out injured.
David de Gea is again not included in the squad as speculation continues to link him with Real Madrid.
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