Louis van Gaal was not happy with Manchester United’s performance against Stoke City on Tuesday night and said he would prefer to see a good performance, even if it meant not winning a match.
Describing himself as a ‘crazy coach’, the manager was clearly frustrated with his team’s inability to finish Stoke off after Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson all wasted good chances in front of goal.
It was United’s fourth win on the bounce, the first time they have completed such a feat this year but the manager confirmed after the game the performance was not good enough for him.
“I am not happy with the performance,” van Gaal said.
“I was not pleased with the first half. We were not so aggressive as in the last match and we want to play in the same style. I think we don’t keep our positions on the pitch so we don’t create so many chances in the first half.
“In the second half we played much better, keep the positions, more aggressive but then you have to finish it. [James] Wilson could have finished it, Fellaini could have finished it.
“You have to see the whole match and say there is one team that deserved it and that is Manchester United. Maybe we forced the luck more and that is coming also because of the fighting spirit.”
That chase for perfection and never settling on anything, even a four game winning streak, is why Van Gaal is perfect for United. He will always keep raising the expectations and you can see it is working with the players, they have more belief in themselves.
Despite his frustrations, Van Gaal will be relieved to see United are once again sitting pretty in the top four of the league and continuing to close the gap on the teams above them.
With injuries still restricting his team and the added blows of Angel Di Maria and Wayne Rooney being the latest to join the list of players missing from the first team, Van Gaal can take solace from the fact United are hitting form with players still to come back into the team.