It has been reported that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants more work off the ball from his attacking players.
The Dutch tactician feels their poor defensive work in attack is contributing to a lack of consistency.
Asked how long it will be before United contribute a complete, 90-minute performance, Van Gaal said: “You never know because it’s a question of time.
“You will see in the first half against QPR, also in the first half in the last match, very attacking and creative football. But I want to improve that we don’t lose the ball so easily. That is our problem, not our defence.
“We are easily losing the ball but that is also the character of our team because we have a lot of creative players and they need more discipline.
“So we are looking for a balance – without thinking too much of only attacking but also guarding.”
But he added: “I want my defensive organisation to be better but the defence begins in the striker’s position. The media are writing that the problems are because of the weak defence and I have explained I want to improve your knowledge of football also.”