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Manchester United 4-0 defeat at Stadium Mk to Mk Dons may have been a surprise result but it’s one of the expected occurrences in a transition period such as this.

Louis Van Gaal said earlier it will take up to three months before they can find some stability and he looked relaxed and confident his team will come out good soon enough after yesterday’s loss.

The manager believes the fans shouldn’t lose faith just yet with the club still searching for their first win of the season and the recent defeat to Mk Dons sums up a frustrating start to life under Louis Van Gaal.

An evening where most fans were celebrating the record signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, the match against Mk Dons is supposed to help maintain the good mood but rather Manchester United second string side lost woefully to Mk Dons missing a couple of chances in the match.

It was a frustrating evening for travelling fans and the whole team as a whole. Manchester United will have to regain their top form as soon as possible to keep fans calm.

Although, 2013/2014 season was frustrating under David Moyes but the Scot’s first three matches produced a win away at Swansea, goalless draw at home against Chelsea and a 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.

Louis Van Gaal can’t boost of the same start even though they have been up against teams of low quality compared to that of last season.

Manchester United have lost two and drew one of the first three games under Van Gaal so far and the Dutch manager feels the team needs time to adapt to the new style and formation.

The change in style and system saw the team switch to a 3-5-2 formation from 4-4-2 with the manager claiming it’s best for the team since they lack talented wingers and it gives an opportunity to play Juan Mata, Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney in their favourite positions.

A formation that worked perfectly during pre-season has been the major undoing of the team this season.

Louis Van Gaal in a popular statement of his said the team will need quality players in all positions to play the system perfectly but the lack of depth, injury worries and low quality in the team is not favouring the 3-5-2 formation.

The same formation was used yesterday and the same problem of creativity from the midfield was lacking coupled with defensive errors.

To win games, Manchester United will need to be solid at the back as well as take their chances when created but this has not been the case and the arrival of Angel Di Maria will probably help to boost the creativity from the midfield.

The attacking part of the team is good enough but the supplies from the back is below quality which was evident in yesterday’s loss to Mk Dons with midfielder Nick Powell showing a major bright spot.

Cleverley and Anderson have proved to be sub-standard while the trio of Evans, Smalling and Jones are good enough as deputy.

Manchester United will still need a strong midfielder and a good defender if not two to help the team get the needed stability else the result from the Mk Dons match will still repeat itself in other matches during the transition period.