Van Gaal reveals his frustration at Aston Villa draw

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal was left frustrated by Manchester United’s performance against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

United went to Villa Park on the back of six straight wins, including away victories at Arsenal and Southampton, leading most people to believe the team would face little issues from a Villa side bereft of options.

But a continuous injury crisis of their own meant van Gaal once again had to place Michael Carrick in defence with Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney combining in midfield.

But the 3-5-2 system once again made the defence look nervous and a things just didn’t click, leaving the manager frustrated.

“When you are the better team you have to win,” the boss told MUTV. “We have had a lack of aggression in the first half, I think at that time we were much better. We kept the ball very well but didn’t do too much with it. We didn’t create many chances in the first half.

“Because of the lack of aggression we were losing 1-0 and then we changed that attitude in the second half. We did everything to win but it is very difficult. I have to say that Aston Villa did very well also.”

“With Carrick you have more passes to the strikers and that was needed which is why I changed Darren [Fletcher] for [Tyler Blackett] and put Michael in midfield, but I could have changed a lot of players because I think that it is the first demand that we are aggressive.”

United will regroup ahead of Boxing Day’s match against Newcastle in the hope that the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are fit to return to action.

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