Manchester United fell to second division side Middlesbrough on penalties in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
United had several chances throughout the game to win it, but Middlesbrough defended well and managed to take the game to penalties where they prevailed. Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed for United in the penalty shootout.
United manager Louis van Gaal was not happy with the way his side got knocked out of the tournament.
“We are very disappointed,” van Gaal told manutd.com. “We could have finished so many of our chances so easily, and we didn’t do it, so it’s very disappointing.”
United had several chances, but failed to find the back of the net. Jesse Lingard got real close in the closing stages of the second half, but his shot went off the post.
“We have to solve this problem,” van Gaal said. “Against Manchester City, we had more chances than City and we have to finish one of those chances. We didn’t create so much against City as we did today but we have to finish. A lot of players were in finishing circumstances and didn’t do it. Not one player but more players so that’s a little bit frustrating. But it’s like that and we have to continue.”
Van Gaal did take some positives away from the game, as some of the players had a good performance.
“There were some players that have played a very good game,” van Gaal said. “I have to admit that I’m very proud of that because it’s not an easy game against Middlesbrough. So I’m pleased with some of the performances of my players but I am also disappointed with some of my players. That’s the life of the manager.”