Louis van Gaal worried about Frenchman’s fitness “It’s a very big question mark on Morgan Schneiderlin”

Manchester United have just been held to yet another 0-0 draw and have extended their poor run of results at home. With only three goals in the past six home games, United fans have started losing patience which resulted in the loud boos upon the final whistle. It was largely a frustrating game where the players did create some great chances but simply could not finish the act up. Considering the young frontline it is expected to a certain extent. But for now it is only adding up to the disappointment of the fans.

It was again the similar sentiment expressed by United centre back Daley Blind, which has been a familiar one for past few games. While reacting to the result of this game, he said

“We’re disappointed. If you want to win, you need to finish your chances.”

One thing that has been constant at recent home games, has been the whistling and jeering of the crowd at the end of the game. This is something that the United players would be new to but today’s United captain, Chris Smalling mentioned sharing their feeling too. He was quoted saying

“We’re the same. Everybody’s down; it’s an opportunity missed.”

Louis van Gaal when asked post match about his thoughts on his team’s performance, he pointed out composure to be the biggest problem. He said:

“We must score and we didn’t score and that’s our problem. We have to finish better.. that’s been our problem recently.

“Composure [is a problem] but I believe luck is also an issue. The most important thing is that we keep going.

“I am pleased with the performance but when you create these chances you must finish them.”

However, he was rather perplexed by the fan’s chants of “attack, attack, attack, but still thinks that the supporters are still on his side:

“I don’t understand that they are shouting attack, attack, attack because we are the attacking team and not West Ham United.

“I think when I meet the fans on the street they are very happy with Manchester United and with me, but you have to score.”

Continuing on analyzing the performance, he maintained his opinion that his team did create enough chances to take them over the line. He said:

“I think that we played a very good match, it’s only we have to score. You must score out of the kind of chances we created.

“You need to score, otherwise you cannot win, and it is very frustrating, also for the players because they want to score. We have to finish better than we did today.”

But he also mentioned that the team and his staff are working on getting over this lack of goals on the training ground.

“You can train every day on shooting at the goal and you have to know that we are doing that.

“We put players in the position to score but you need composure and luck to score. The most important thing is that we are creating and we are dominant.

“Today, we were dominant and attacking, we were creating chances – only we forgot to score.”

Like Smalling, Van Gaal too was empathetic towards fan’s frustration but also said that the fans should see that it was not all negative in this game:

“Yes and no, because they can see that we fought until the end. There was a fantastic team spirit and we were dominant.

“We created many chances and you can only do that when you are attacking; we attacked much more than our opponents, who were defending in their square of 40 metres.

“That’s always difficult but we created a lot of chances. Yes, you have to score from those chances and we didn’t do that. That is our problem in the latest matches.”

Earlier in the day the other Manchester side, Manchester City, also ended up dropping all their three points against Stoke City, where they were comprehensively beaten, putting them level on points with United. However, the Red Devils could not take up the opportunity to go past them and Arsenal to get back to the second spot. Van Gaal expressed his frustration while saying:

“Of course it’s frustrating but I look first at my own team – that’s the most important thing. We have to win in Wolfsburg – we need to score also in Wolfsburg to survive in the Champions League.”

Another setback for Van Gaal might be the injuries to Morgan Schneiderlin and Paddy McNair. He confirmed that both were brought off due to minor injuries and will be a doubt for the match against Wolfsburg.

“It’s a very big question mark on Morgan Schneiderlin [for the Champions League game at Wolfsburg on Tuesday].”

But things might be slightly more positive for McNair:

“I hope he (Paddy McNair) can play on Tuesday.”

All in all, it was another tiresome yet disappointing night for the reds and their supporters, but there is no time for contemplating on it. In another three days, United will be facing an uphill task of beating Wolfsburg away from home in order to stay in the Champions League. If that doesn’t go well for the team, the manager will be looking at some serious criticism.


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