Louis van Gaal feels that his side threw two points away at Villa Park today.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been a happy man recently after the Red Devils won six games in a row to rise to third in the Premier League table, but the Dutchman was less than impressed today as United could only draw 1-1 with an Aston Villa side who were forced to spend much of the second half playing with ten men after Gabriel Agbonlahor was harshly sent off.
United dominated much of the game, particularly in the opening stages, although they fell behind to a goal from Christian Benteke that came after a sustained period of pressure from the visitors – Radamel Falcao would equalise on his return to the starting line-up, but United could not find the winner to extend their streak to seven matches.
Despite believing that his side did more than enough to win the game, however, van Gaal was not particularly impressed with his players in quotes attributed to the Mirror, with the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss feeling that his side were not “effective” enough and that they only had themselves to blame for not coming away with all three points:
“Very frustrating. I think we gave two points away. We did not start well enough and because of that they could score a goal.”
“We kept the ball well in the first half but we did nothing with the ball. In the second half was better but not as effective as usual. But that is football, sometimes you cannot force that.”
“I’m disappointed because also in the first half we were the better team and when that’s the case you have to win. But we know that in our first seven games we were also the better team but we did not win many times.”
With potential title rivals Manchester City hammering Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the day and Chelsea yet to place, van Gaal’s side face losing ground on those sides currently above them.