Louis van Gaal speaks after lucky FA Cup victory last night
Louis van Gaal admitted Manchester United’s performance in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United was “not good” as his side scraped into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to Wayne Rooney’s stoppage-time penalty.
‘’I can understand [why] the manager of Sheffield United choose this kind of tactics, but they didn’t have any chances, we have kept another clean sheet and we deserved to win,” the United manager said.
“Okay it’s not good today. We did not move the ball quickly today.’’
‘’But we have won and that is the most important thing in the FA Cup – we have to be in the next round and we are there.”
‘’I think a player of Manchester United has to cope with the pressure of the fans of Manchester United and also with the media pressure,” Van Gaal said.
“That is also what I expect of the manager of Manchester United. It can have an influence, but I think a player of Manchester United has to deal with that otherwise you are not a good Manchester United player.”
When asked why he had failed to rectify that problem 18 months into his reign, Van Gaal said: “Because it is the most difficult situation in the match.
“It is like that and I have said also in the [summer] transfer period that we need creative players with speed and we don’t have that too much.
Juan Mata is playing the right side and he is doing fantastically well because he always has a big contribution for our team, but he is not a right winger in the profile I have.
“But it is not so easy to purchase players who are better than Mata because even though he is in a different profile, he is a very good right winger in our way of playing.”
“It was an honest endeavour to put a block in,” Adkins said. “There is no need for the player to go to ground. There are a couple of players around him.”
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