Van Gaal hopeful Man Utd can sustain title challenge
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side's performance in their 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Old Trafford fuels hope that they can sustain a push for the Premier League title.
United were frustrated as they failed to convert chances to pick up a valuable win against their local rivals, who returned to the top of the Premier League after the draw, yet Van Gaal tied to paint an upbeat picture as he spoke to MUTV after the game.
"The way we have played gives hope for the future," said Van Gaal.
"I am very proud of my players because I think we played 90 minutes of a tough game. Both sides played a very tactical game.
“When you see this game, I think the fans were also very proud of the players because, when I go back to the dressing room, they were applauding us.
"Also, the fans have seen the way we have played and it was a very controlled game from Manchester United. They are also disappointed, like me, because you have to win against these kind of teams,
"It was very compact and organised, that is how Manchester City played against us. They adapted the line-up against us.
"We created more chances but we didn’t finish them and that is the disappointment because you must win these kinds of games for the fans.
"It is the derby and when you are so focused and so concentrated like we were today then, yeah, you deserve to win. But sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.”
Van Gaal also reacted with annoyance to criticism of his captain Wayne Rooney, who came under fire on Twitter once again after his latest lifeless display.
"I have to talk every week about Rooney, why?" the United manager said.
"You have your opinion - write it. I don't give any more answers about Wayne Rooney. I am sick of them."
The Twittersphere offer this cruel condemnation of Rooney's latest no-show:
Might be best for Wayne Rooney to avoid Twitter tonight. It seems like his last few supporters are running out of excuses for him #MUFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) October 25, 2015
Van Gaal has lost patience with numerous United players - but Wayne Rooney seems to have a special pass to lose his form but keep his place.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) October 25, 2015
I defend Rooney more than most on here but I can't anymore, his touch and his pace have just gone. It pains me to say it but he's finished.— Liam Van Gaal (@OccupyBears) October 25, 2015
Rooney completed 3 (THREE) passes in the final 1/3 of the pitch today. One for every half hour.Wonder why journos keep asking LvG about him.— Republik of Mancunia (@R_o_M) October 25, 2015
Rooney is not in his 'trying too hard' phase. He's in his 'there are several better options up front and he should be dropped' phase— Elko Born (@Elko_B) October 25, 2015
I want Rooney to play the number 14 role, In the hole behind LVG and Giggs.— Pilib de Brún (@Malachians) October 25, 2015
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