Van Gaal: We don't entertain Man Utd fans enough
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal echoed the sentiments of so many of his club's supporters as he admitted his side did not entertain enough in their 1-0 win against Aston Villa.
After Marcus Rashford's goal (below) handed United a 1-0 win in a poor game that confirmed Aston Villa's already inevitable relegation from the Premier League, Van Gaal admitted the level of excitement provided by his team was not acceptable.
"I'm not too happy with the performance. We have to finish the games a lot earlier and today we didn't do that," he told reporters.
"I changed five players and you expect that we are fresh and playing the ball more quickly. You need that against a defensive team.
"I agree that we have to give more entertainment for the fans, but the most important thing is to win your game.
"It was not our best performance, of course, you have seen it for yourself. I think we played too slowly and it was also difficult as they were playing very defensively and very compact.
"So then you need quicker play, quicker ball-speed and so on. In the first half we created enough chances to finish with two goals and then the motivation also with the players of Villa shall be less and the game is more easy.
"It is not like that though - we didn't finish and, at the end, could have drawn which is not good."
Van Gaal went to on praise his captain Wayne Rooney, who turned in a solid display on his return to first team action after two months out with a knee injury.
"He played a very good first half, switched the play a lot of times, the goal was a fantastic switch," added the United boss.
"In the second half he loses balls because he is tired and the rhythm is still high. When you are two months out it is difficult."
It said much about the mood of depression around United right now that thousands of seats had been vacated long before the end of the game and the final whistle was greeted with barely any cheers from the home fans.
On a day when Villa's relegation was rubber stamped, it was their supporters trying to make themselves heard at the end of another limp United display.
So while the win kept their hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League alive, the manner of the display did little to suggest the Van Gaal philosophy is a long term solution for United.
Check out out this weekend's Sunday World back page story for the latest twist in the saga over Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford.