Martial weaved his way through the Tottenham defence and danced his way into a goalscoring position but unfortunately he fired his shot straight at Hugo Lloris.
It turned out to be Man United’s only shot on target during the whole game but van Gaal took umbridge with his miss.
Speaking after the game, he said: “I think until the first goal we were at least equal, the better chance was for us with Martial.
“It was a big chance, big space and big time for him but we give the goal away.
“Miscommunication and within five minutes we are out of the game.”
It was a chance for Martial and one which he crafted all by himself but the problem for United is that van Gaal seems to think the issue is him missing. No Louis, the problem is that it was our only shot on target.
Footballers are humans and they aren’t going to have 100% shot conversion, it’s nigh on impossible, so to single out Martial for that miss and try to say United played well up until Spurs scored is ignoring the wider issues at hand.
Beating Manchester City was an anomaly and we scraped past Everton despite playing an extremely poor game but Tottenham Hotspur exposed United for what they have become this season – dull, uninspiring, predictable and far away from competing for the Premier League title.