Louis van Gaal has questioned the refereeing decisions from Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat against Wolfsburg in Germany on Tuesday night.
He suggested that Jesse Lingard‘s goal should have been allowed despite Juan Mata being offside and effecting the goalkeepers decision making. The goal would have helped van Gaal’s trailing side equalise after Aparecido Rodrigues and Vieirinha put Wolfsburg ahead 2-1.
Van Gaal disagreed with the linesman’s late call to disallow the goal after being confronted by Wolfsburg players.
“When you see that [the disallowed goal] as a linesman then you are very good and you give first that it is a goal and then a few players come and say to you [sic], and then you change your mind, it’s strange in my opinion,” he told BT Sport.
“I don’t think that the goalkeeper was interfered by Mata because the ball is turning in the goal so I don’t think he can reach that ball, but of course he sees Mata in the offside position and he takes the benefit of that and they are criticising the referee.
“The decisions of the referee – that is not a positive for us. So when it’s a tight group, this can happen.”
Van Gaal can blame the refereeing decisions all he wants, and some were indeed questionable, but ultimately the responsibility falls at the feet of himself and United’s players who simply didn’t perform well enough.
Strangely, given that we lost, it was one of our best attacking displays of the season but we just weren’t good enough as a team. We can’t blame anybody else but ourselves for getting knocked out of the Champions League and the quicker the players, and van Gaal, accepts that to move on the better.