Louis van Gaal insisted he was ‘disappointed’ to see his Manchester United lose to Chelsea after a six-game winning run.
United went into the game full of confidence and started the game well, taking the game to a team who were clearly happy to sit back and absorb the pressure from a side in better form.
However, Chelsea were predictability resilient and only Wayne Rooney managing to fashion a good chance in the early minutes before Eden Hazard pounced just before half-time.
Despite more pressure in the second half including Radamel Falcao hitting the post, United couldn’t break down the soon-to-be champions, much to the frustration of Van Gaal.
“I am very disappointed with the result, but I am pleased with the performance,” van Gaal told Sky Sports.
“We were not effective today, because we created a lot of chances in spite of the defensive organisation of Chelsea – three in the first half to their zero. In the second half, we created eight chances and Chelsea three, so that’s unbelievably good.
“We were the dominant team on the pitch but lost and, in football, the result is everything. I’ve told the boys in the dressing room that every week we are making an improvement. That’s the most important thing.
“The main goal is we’re progressing as a team and playing attractive football. We have done that today, but we need results. It’s not always the better team that wins.”
Whilst some fans may be sceptical towards the manager’s claim that United played better on Saturday than the 4-2 derby win last week, nobody can suggest United were poor, particularly given the opposition.
The visitors claimed for a penalty in the final seconds when Ander Herrera was felled by Gary Cahill, but referee Mike Dean booked the former for simulation.