Louis van Gaal
Van Gaal bemoans his side's performance following Leicester defeat. Getty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has accused his side of having too many players looking to score in the wake of their 5-3 defeat to Leicester City.

United looked to have sealed a 3-1 win at the King Power Stadium following goals from Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera but suffered a total capitulation in the last half hour of the game.

Penalties from David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa and strikes from Esteban Cambiasso and Jamie Vardy saw the Foxes claim a famous victory while United also saw Tyler Blackett sent off after already losing Jonny Evans to injury.

"I think the spectators have seen a fantastic spectacle today and we started well and scored fantastic goals," van Gaal was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "In the second half, we scored another goal but you have to win the game and we didn't do that. We didn't keep ball possession in the right way.

"We have too many players who want to seek for the goal. Leicester have already showed against Arsenal and Stoke that they can come back and they did it very well."

United appeared to have got themselves back on the right track following their 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers last Sunday but today's defeat raises further doubts over their ability to regain a place in the top four.

Van Gaal however remains hopeful of a turnaround.

"I cannot say that I am happy. In the world of football, these matches happen. I was a coach at Barcelona in my first year and we were 3-0 ahead, with 15 minutes to play and we lost 3-4.

"It can happen. It is the world of football but it is not good because he have the game in our pocket and gave it away. Not because of Leicester, we gave it away and I don't like that."