There’s no doubt that United players played for their boss, Louis Van Gaal on Monday, with Juan Mata and Anthony Martial striking shots against the goal post in the first half and both Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney missing close-range chances during the second half of a suspenseful game in the Theater Of Dreams.
Manchester United was held 0-0 by defensive and boring Chelsea.
Manchester United delivered an improved performance for embattled Van Gaal but couldn’t score in the 90 minutes-plus matchup to assuage the angst created by the British press for Van Gaal. Though Man United drew 0-0 with Chelsea, the boss had plenty of things to say at different times.
“Against Stoke, I said we didn’t dare to play in the first half, but that was entirely different against Chelsea. We dared to play and pressed a lot.
I think it was a very good performance, but you have to score a goal and we didn’t.
We hit the post twice when the goalkeeper was beaten, then had a big chance in the second half and two penalty cases – one handball and one foul on Mata – but didn’t receive a penalty.
We still don’t have the luck we need.
When the players are fighting for me, I stay because that is the most important thing and you have seen that today.
There is not any reason to resign for me. Maybe the media wants that, but I shall not do that.
We were the dominant team, we created chances, we shoot on goal and only gave three chances away. Against a team like Chelsea, with such attackers, that’s not bad”
“Inside of the club, the players are willing to fight for every meter, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager, so (the crisis) is not inside Manchester United”
– Aloysius Paulus Maria “Louis” van Gaal, Manager & Boss, Manchester United FC
United stayed 6th, but fell further adrift of the top four.
The tensions created by the British press over Man United’s woeful performances which trailed Van Gaal dominated the build-up to a match between two giants of the Barclays Premier league. The scenario at Old Trafford on Monday night was a case of embattled hosts against ailing champions only three points above the relegation zone in a woeful title defense.
United sit 6th in the Premier League table halfway through the season, nine points behind leaders Arsenal.
Van Gaal Assessed United Draw With Chelsea At Old Trafford
On the game and the result:
“I think it was a very good performance but you have to score a goal and we didn’t. 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.”
On United’s fans:
“They applauded the players, I presume, and they were enthusiastic. Of course, a lot of fans are disappointed because we need a win; I know that, the players know that, every member of staff knows that, the board knows that – even you know that. People are still applauding – not everyone, I have seen that also – but most of them. The most important thing is the players can do what they have done today, then the fans can be satisfied.”
On his future:
“I cannot have any influence on that. 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.”
Up Man U!