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Louis van Gaal praises Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and United attack

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Louis van Gaal praises Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and United attack

United manager Louis van Gaal praised Cameron Borthwick-Jackson's performance in his side's 1-1 draw away to Chelsea, as the left-back showed signs of a bright future for the Red Devils.

Van Gaal was "very proud" of Borthwick-Jackson, despite the 19-year-old academy graduate playing Diego Costa on side for Chelsea’s equaliser, and then being unable to recover. Daley Blind's slip earlier in the move had allowed Costa to go free.

"It was such a pity because Borthwick-Jackson was playing fantastically and I was very proud of him," Van Gaal said on MUTV.

"It was a superb performance until the last quarter. In the last quarter we gave it away.

"There are many details which are responsible for that. We had a lot of free-kicks around the penalty area against us and we survived.

"Chelsea have very good set-plays and they have scored a lot from set-plays, so we were well organised.

"But then we have a goal like that - Blind slipping and Borthwick-Jackson not taking the line of the defence. Costa is not offside because of that."

Van Gaal's precarious position remained one of the main talking points afterwards.

The Dutchman reacted angrily to questions on his own future following the game, amid renewed reports Jose Mourinho is in line to succeed him as boss at Old Trafford.

And the United manager reckons his side showed the attacking play supporters have craved, backing up the performance in the 3-0 win over Stoke.

However, the result means that United are still without a win over Chelsea in their last 10 attempts.

"We continued with our good, attacking football," Van Gaal added.

"We have created a lot of chances here at Chelsea."

Van Gaal also paid tribute to the travelling support.

He added: "It's sad for the fans also. This match you heard only the Manchester United fans and not the Chelsea fans."