Sour grapes from the Old Trafford chief after shock home defeat?
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has criticised his team after they suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat against Southampton today, but the Dutchman has also hit out at his conquerers, with the Express reporting that van Gaal believes the Saints came to Old Trafford to play for nothing more than a draw.
Despite dominating possession in the game, United were toothless throughout and van Gaal conceded that his side struggled to break down a well organised Saints back line, but he also felt that the visitors lacked ambition and were only gifted their winning goal by a lack of defensive organisation from his own team.
Ronald Koeman’s side registered their first win at Old Trafford in almost three decades thanks to a late goal from Dusan Tadic, who reacted quickest when teammate Graziano Pelle struck the inside of the post to slide a fine finish beyond David de Gea.
Van Gaal indicated that he felt Tadic’s intervention was undeserved, however, and that his side were unfortunate to lose the game – comments that echoed the earlier sentiments of captain Wayne Rooney, perhaps indicating that the United camp don’t view the performance as quite as tepid as it appeared:
“We played a much better game than Southampton. They were lucky to score out of nothing.”
“That is very disappointing. We didn’t create so much but we dominated the game. They came for a draw, I believe, and they go away with a victory, that is disappointing.”