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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was pleased with the team’s performance in the 0-0 draw against City in the Manchester Derby on Sunday.
The game ended scoreless, but United did have the better chances, including Jesse Lingard hitting the bar late in the second half.
“I am very proud of my players because I think we played 90 minutes of a tough game,” van Gaal told manutd.com after he game. “Both sides played a very tactical game. It was very compact and organised, that is how Manchester City played against us. They adapted the line-up against us.
“Against Sevilla in the Champions League, they played with two strikers and now they played with one, with one more player in midfield, so it was a tough game. We created more chances but we didn’t finish them and that is the disappointment because you must win these kinds of games for the fans. It is the derby and when you are so focused and so concentrated like we were today then, yeah, you deserve to win. But sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.”
Van Gaal also gave his opinion on the penalty shout that United had when Raheem Sterling fouled Ander Herrera inside the penalty area.
“I am only disappointed that we don’t have the luck, because I have seen on the video that it was a penalty, but the referee did not give us the benefit of the doubt,” van Gaal said. “Of course it is difficult to see. I can see it clearly on the video that he does not touch the ball but the legs of Herrera. The luck, we have not had this season, but I can imagine it is not easy for the referee. It is not a big issue but it is like that. It is not the first time I have seen it like this way, but we have to score from our chances.”
City are still top of the table, but they are now level on points with Arsenal. United fell to 4th as West Ham beat Chelsea to go up into 3rd.