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And speaking of getting the best out of players, Van Gaal’s system should allow United’s wingers to flourish. However, there are significant issues to be addressed.
United’s wingers either have problems with their fundamental quality, their consistency, or both. In the season just gone, one which saw a heavy reliance on wing play, their output was well below the level expected of a player at the highest level.
In the league, Antonio Valencia managed two goals and three assists in 29 games, Ashley Young two goals and one assist in 20 games, and Nani produced neither a goal nor an assist in his 11 games.
A dismal return from the wide men, then, and one Van Gaal will have to seek to improve upon. Whether an improvement in form and confidence will see a sharp improvement in results, or whether new players will need to be brought in remains to be seen.