Van Gaal suggests that the Red Devils will be unable to compete with Manchester City and Chelsea.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal appears to have ruled his side out of the title race in the aftermath of the Red Devils’ frustrating 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the West Midlands today, with comments attributed to the Mail suggesting that van Gaal was disappointed with his side’s display and that he felt it showed why they will come up short.
United dominated the majority of the match at Villa Park but, despite Radamel Falcao scoring in his second successive start to cancel out an early Christian Benteke opener, the Red Devils were unable to force a winner – despite the fact that Gabriel Agbonlahor was harshly sent off for the hosts in the opening stages of the second half.
Van Gaal compared his side’s performance and result to that of rivals Manchester City against Crystal Palace earlier in the day at the Etihad Stadium, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side weathering an early storm before strolling to a relatively comfortable 3-0 win against the strugglers:
“I saw the first half of the Manchester City match and they could have been behind in the first five or ten minutes and they struggled until half time but at the end it is 3-0. That’s the difference.”
Van Gaal was asked by journalists in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw in the West Midlands whether his side could be a part of the title race over the course of the season, and the Dutchman seemed to dismiss the possibility:
“No, because you have seen that you have to win these matches and we didn’t win. But there is still a long time to go. Chelsea has to at Stoke City, it’s not so easy.”
“We dropped two points. We were the better team and that’s frustrating when you don’t win these games. When you want to be a part of the title race then you have to win these games and I think also that we were not so aggressive in the first half as usual.”