Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic created more woes for Van Gaal at the Britannia Stadium on boxing day 2015 as Man United crashed under a 2-0 loss that stretches United’s winless run to seven matches and down to sixth position on the Premier League table.
United visited the Britannia Stadium with Van Gaal under pressure. This pressure was compounded when Bojan Krkic capitalized on a dreadful defensive back-header error from Memphis Depay to open the scoring. The second goal came in the 25th minute courtesy of a stunning long-range strike from Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic.
Rooney replaced Depay at half-time but nothing came out of it. United dominated possession as usual following Rooney’s introduction and were denied a route back into the game as Butland produced an excellent point-blank save to thwart Marouane Fellaini after the Belgian had met the England skipper’s low delivery.
M. Arnautovic, 26′ Bojan 19′
Louis van Gaal was bitterly disappointed when talking to Sky Sports and MUTV after the final whistle at the Britannia Stadium.
This is what Van Gaal (photo: above) had to say about loss at Britannia:
“My thoughts are that we didn’t dare to play football in the first half and then we gave a very bad goal away. That was too much. They scored from a free-kick and then it was half-time. We have spoken with each other and I have to say the second half was much better, we created one or two chances and you have to score. Then the belief is coming back and we played better in the second half, but the problem is we didn’t dare to play. That is my analysis.”
On his team selection:
“I am always very faithful [to the players] and I see also how they have trained, they wanted to perform well but the circumstances are also difficult. It is not only the circumstances with the wind but also with the pressure [on the players]. That is in my opinion the reason why they didn’t dare to play football. In the second half we were in a losing position and then you can give everything more easily. That is what we have done.”
On whether he is the man to motivate the players:
“That is now the big issue, I have tried to do everything but the pressure shall be higher and higher with every match. That is the problem now. It is more difficult because I am also part of the four matches we have lost so people are looking at me and I have to deal with that, but more importantly the players have to deal with that because they are the ones who have to perform.”
On his pre-match press conference and the message he conveyed:
“My message was that the media are saying and writing things that are not happening inside Manchester United. That was my message and not that I am hurt, because I am used to that.”
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