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Author Name: Peter Ferguson
Van Gaal demands more from spluttering Manchester United
Manchester United's Angel di Maria and Burnley's Michael Duff during their Premier League match at Turf Moor on August 30, 2014.Burnley - Louis Van Gaal admitted Manchester United are playing well below the standards he demands after his spluttering side were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley on Saturday. Van Gaal heads into the international break still waiting for the first victory of his United reign after two draws and a defeat in the Premier League, as well as a humiliating loss at third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup. Van Gaal could be forgiven for relishing the opportunity to refine his plans for United over the next two weeks following their latest lacklustre effort against a Burnley team, who cost just £5 million to assemble, at Turf Moor on Saturday. "Van Gaal, whose team will be stuck on two points - their worst start since 2007 - until they face promoted Queens Park Rangers on September 14, admitted:"We don't look world-class at the moment. By then he should have been joined by compatriot Daley Blind, the 24-year-old Ajax star who was a key part of van Gaal's Netherlands team at the World Cup and is expected to sign imminently for around £14 million. Blind's arrival will continue van Gaal's £150 million overhaul of the United squad following the debut of Angel Di Maria on Saturday. Tom Heaton, Burnley's other United old boy in the home goal, found Robin van Persie and a subdued Rooney a less intimidating strike force than he might have expected, though he did well to parry at close range when van Persie collected Di Maria's perfect pass. Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager who would have settled for taking a point from Van Gaal's team after back to back defeats, insisted: "You don't get anything other than a test from Manchester United. You don't ever have an easy ride."

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