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Video - Van Gaal admits his side froze in Anfield cauldron

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
No excuses from Van Gaal
No excuses from Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal offered up few excuses as his side was beaten into submission by Liverpool in their Europa League first leg tie at Anfield.

The 2-0 defeat keeps United's hopes of making it through to the last-16 of the competition alive, but Van Gaal accepted his side were overawed by the raucous crowd at Anfield.

"I have to say that Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic," said the Dutchman in a BT Sport interview.

"They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure. David de Gea was fantastic. But we had a cheap penalty and in the second half we changed the shape. We had much more contribution to the game but we didn't create enough.

"They scored another cheap goal, he was offside, and that is difficult. Losing 2-0 is a difficult result for us but we have to create an atmosphere like that next week.

"Liverpool deserved to win, but we have to believe we can come back in the second leg."

Van Gaal infuriated many United fans with his claim that the much-maligned Marouane Fellaini was "one of the best players on the pitch" after his ineffective display at Anfield, with this post match interview doing little to improve their mood after a miserable night.