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Louis van Gaal: Manchester United must learn how to ‘finish’ games

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United must learn to “finish” games if they are to be successful next season.

Man United were dominant in the first half against Arsenal on Sunday and went 1-0 up but Tyler Blackett’s late own goal eventually salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Gunners.

It was a frustrating result given the fact that United had played so well during the early stages of the match.

Van Gaal admitted his side will need to learn how to see out victories as they prepare to return to the Champions League.

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Speaking after the game, van Gaal said: ”You can say we are unlucky because it is the third deflected goal in a row and falls in our net. But I have said it is not unlucky to the players. You have to force luck by finishing games. We are one hour better and 1-0 ahead. You see Arsenal want to come back so you have to stick together and be compact.

“I have said Arsenal have maybe the best team but Chelsea can finish the game, which Arsenal cannot do and we can’t either. That is important. This season we have only finished two games. It is a pity.”

Chelsea have been criticised at points this season for being too negative in their pursuit of three points but Jose Mourinho knows that all title-winning sides must be able to grind out victories.

United still have a long way to go in that respect but van Gaal will know exactly how to drill that determination into his players. The Dutchman has won trophies throughout his career and there is no reason why he cannot do the same at Old Trafford.

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