Van Gaal hopeful Man Utd can sustain title challenge

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal finds ground for optimism
Van Gaal finds ground for optimism

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: