Van Gaal angry after Cambridge draw but happy to still be in FA Cup

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal was angry at the performance Manchester United put in against Cambridge United and admits he was frustrated with how the game went.

Man United drew 0-0 with Cambridge in a tepid display which epitomised the blunt attack which United have possessed in recent games.

Despite changing formation, United never posed much of a threat to Cambridge’s goal apart from some fleeting moments but Van Gaal remained positive in the fact United are still in with a chance of winning the FA Cup.

“Yes of course it is frustrating,” Van Gaal said.

“We make the same errors as against Yeovil Town and against QPR, we did the same playing style more or less in the first half.

“Then I have to be angry again. In the second half we did much better but OK we are not out of the Cup. That is the most important thing. But the atmosphere here, the crowd, was fantastic. You know always in advance that all aspects in a game like this is against you.

“I was angry again but it is part of my job. I want to be very happy at half-time. But OK it was not always the same.

“I can only give the credit to the coach, to the staff they did marvellous, but what I already said every aspect of the match is against us – the pitch, the referee, everything that you can think about this is against you. Also the fans of course, but that is nice I think.

“The FA Cup is very important – it is the most important title for us. To win the Premier League is much more difficult now, so the FA Cup is our objective also.”

Van Gaal also cited both the referee’s performance and the condition of the pitch as reasons which didn’t work in United’s favour on the night.

“We know in advance everything is against us,” he said.

“We have to come here, the pitch is not so good but that can influence also that you play in another style and the opponents are always giving a lot more than normally and defending is always easier than attacking.

“And then you have seen the referee, it’s always the same. Everywhere I have coached these games, and I have coached them with other clubs it’s always the same.”

Ultimately, Man United’s players and Van Gaal were to blame for the performance. The conditions were tough but they were just as tough for Cambridge and although Chris Foy was lenient with some of his decisions, it was not enough to stop United winning.

As poor as the game was, it was not wholly surprising given how Man United have played in recent weeks and questions are understandably going to start being asked about Van Gaal and precisely what his philosophy is.

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