Manchester United played their second scoreless raw in a row in the Premier League on Saturday, something that concerns manager Louis van Gaal.
United struggled offensively once again at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, and just like in the Manchester Derby last weekend, the Red Devils failed to find the back of the net. Van Gaal gave credit to Palace for the aggressiveness and it was the home team that had the best chances in the match.
“Palace showed a lot of aggression,” van Gaal told manutd.com after the game. “They won every ball in the first quarter of the first half – the second and third ball was always for Crystal Palace, so they built up a lot of pressure on us. But, after 15 minutes, we came into the match and created a few chances. In the second half, we could not develop our positional game and could not keep the ball, so we could not create too many chances. Our defensive organization was good – we didn’t give too much away.”
The Dutch manager also spoke about the lack of goals for his side and if it concerns him.
“Of course it is a concern,” van Gaal said. “I said that after the match against Middlesbrough, when we created a lot of chances. You have to finish the chances. In the last minute of the first half, Ander Herrera could have finished it but he didn’t. I asked him and he didn’t know why, so that is a pity. But I can’t complain about the result because I don’t think we were the better team today.”
Van Gaal will be hoping that his team can get back on the scoresheet on Tuesday when they play CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.