Two games in, against sides they should be looking to beat if they want to reach the Champions League,  they’ve only managed a point.

First up, at home to Swansea, they slumped to an embarrassing defeat – the 2-1 loss was United’s first opening-day home defeat since 1972 and Swansea’s first league win at Man Utd.

Then on Sunday, set up in Van Gaal’s favoured 3-4-1-2 formation, they again looked totally out of sorts and only managed a 1-1 draw with Sunderland, who narrowly avoided relegation last season.

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Jack Rodwell celebrates scoring Sunderland’s equaliser

New manager Louis Van Gaal has demanded improvement.

“We still have only one point. That’s not good enough, I think, for Manchester United,” said the former Netherlands boss.

The former champions already five points behind the early pace-setters in their attempts to improve on a disappointing seventh-place finish in May. 

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Juan Mata had put Van Gaal’s side in front

 

Premier League results

Aug 24

Hull 1 – 1 Stoke

Tottenham 4 – 0 QPR

Sunderland 1 -1 Manchester United

Aug 23

Aston Villa 0 – 0 Newcastle

Chelsea 2 – 0 Leicester

Crystal Palace 1 – 3 West Ham

Southampton 0 – 0 West Brom

Swansea 1 – 0 Burnely

Everton 2 – 2 Arsenal

 

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