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United Fail To Secure CL Advancement

Manchester United had the chance to secure a spot in the Champions League knockout stages, but they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

Manager Louis van Gaal wasn’t pleased with just getting one point. He did think that his side performed better in the second half of the game.

“I think the first half was a reasonable performance,” van Gaal told manutd.com after the game. “We have created three open chances and three other chances and we give only two chances away against a very defensive opponent. But then the second half was not great and I think it is a miracle that we didn’t give chances away in the second half – only one, I believe.”

Van Gaal also addressed the lack of goals for his side. In five Champions League games, United have only scored five goals.

“Of course I am worried but I know also that goals are not always a consequence of good or bad performances,” van Gaal said. “Today we could have scored at least three goals – they were not the most difficult chances, but we didn’t score. Yet in the next game, we could score out of nothing. That’s football.”

United are forced to get a win in order to be sure of a spot in the knockout stages.

“We are still second and are still in the qualifying position,” van Gaal said. “We have to win in Wolfsburg and that’s a difficult game, but everything is possible, it is never impossible. We won at home against them, so why can’t we win away? We can win everywhere. We prove it this year. Also in the Premier League, our average in away matches is much higher than last year. And we have to do that also in the Champions League.”

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