New Delhi: Louis van Gaal wasn't a happy man despite Manchester United's 3-1 win against Burnley on Wednesday in the Premier League mid-week clash. United were poor and laboured on a tiring display to prevail over the relegated threatened team. On 16th February the Manchester giants face Preston North End from the League One away at Lancashire, and the club has major work to do in order to progress further in the FA Cup.
United lie third in the Premier League and strangely haven't convinced on a regular basis to dominate matches. With injuries, lack of form and misfiring strike force, United have often relied on a moment of luck and a magic by one of their big name players on occasions to save the team on regular basis.
Louis van Gaal has been criticised off late by fielding star forward Wayne Rooney in a defensive midfield role despite Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao failing to impress in front of goal. He has also been under criticism from several corners after playing players out of position as the team is failing to play attractive football.
The team was also called a long ball side by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce for only to prompt van Gaal in coming with a dossier of passing analysis in the press conference.
United were saved by Daley Blind's equaliser on injury time against West Ham in the weekend and they followed it up with a similar lacklustre display at home against Burnley.
Despite all this the team has just lost once in 18 matches in all competitions and van Gaal knows he has to better his team's performances in order to provide a beautiful display from here on.
With the title out of reach at the moment, United need to finish in top four to qualify for the Champions League. The FA Cup is the only competition left for the team to get a trophy and Preston will be a tough fixture awaiting van Gaal's team.
United have found it tough against lower opponents. United were troubled by Yeovil town in their 2-0 victory in the third round. Cambridge United then forced a 0-0 draw in the next round and earn a replay at Old Trafford. United won the game at home and now will be playing another tough away fixture. Their form outside Old Trafford have been nervy all season and Preston will look to repeat what Yeovil and Cambridge did.
Van Gaal has revealed on Thursday that if the team performs on the same note then they will head out of the FA Cup. Being honest as he is, he will look to bank on his tactical genius self and get an honest performance out of his side on Monday night.