Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the performance of Manchester United’s strikers against Swansea after a lackluster display of finishing.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney had a host of chances between them but failed to find the back of the net at any point and turn Man United’s dominance into goals.
It was van Persie’s first game back from injury and his finishing was very poor. Despite creating plenty of opportunities, it was only Ander Herrera who could find the back of the net and United’s missed chances ultimately cost them the game.
“I think it was our best second-half [performance], we created a lot of chances and dominated the game but we didn’t score,” van Gaal told MUTV.
“That’s football, you have to score out of the chances you create. We had a lot of chances, especially in the second half, but they scored and then you know that it shall be difficult.”
Although van Gaal typically didn’t name individuals, his frustrations will lie at the feet of his strikers who failed to do their job against Swansea.
How did Rooney and Van Persie play? LvG: "You can see in your slow motion replays which players weren’t effective." Interesting! #MUFC
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Not for the first time this season, United’s attack looked blunt today. Radamel Falcao is off-form, Van Persie couldn’t hit a barn door and Rooney keeps dropping deep to instigate play, all of which leaves United with a very limp attack.
James Wilson was also completely left out of the squad to face Swansea which indicates that when Falcao, van Persie and Rooney are all available for selection, he may have to settle for U21s football to get some playing time.