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Manchester United had to settle with a scoreless draw at home to Chelsea on Monday. The Red Devils struck the woodwork twice in the first half.
United dominated possession and created some good scoring chances, but failed to get anything past Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea net. Juan Mata had a shot go off the bar after just three minutes, and Anthony Martial saw a shot go off the post in the 16th minute. With the point, United stay in 6th place.
Under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal thought the team played well and that they were unlucky not to get a goal.
“I think it was a very good performance but you have to score a goal and we didn’t,” van Gaal told manutd.com. “We hit the post twice when the keeper was beaten, then had a big chance in the second half and two penalty cases – one handball, one foul on Mata – but didn’t receive a penalty. So we are forcing the luck but still don’t have the luck we need. Against Stoke, I have said the first half we didn’t dare to play but that’s a big difference today – we dared to play and pressed a lot. We were the dominant team, we created chances, we shot on goal and only gave three chances away. Against a team like Chelsea, with such attackers, that’s not bad.”
There’s been a lot of speculation about van Gaal’s future at the club as United’s form has been anything but stellar. The team is on a eight-game winless streak in all competitions. Van Gaal did address a question regarding his future at United.
“I cannot have any influence on that,” van Gaal said. “I can only work with my players and you have seen that my players are fighting for me and that they have given a good performance. Even after this result, the fans were applauding, so I cannot say that I am very much concerned but in this football world, you never know. But I have full confidence in the board and in my players. When the players can give such a performance under this pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me. Maybe the media wants that but I shall not do that. It’s not a question of staying, it’s a question of fulfilling my contract.”