Louis van Gaal disappointed with second half against San Jose Earthquakes

by Leo Nieboer

Louis van Gaal has expressed his disappointment towards the way his team played in the second half of their pre-season friendly against San Jose Earthquakes.

Goals from Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Andreas Pereira ensured a comfortable 3-1 win in Manchester United’s second match of their US tour.

Van Gaal made ten changes at half time which somewhat thwarted his side’s momentum in the second half and speaking after the game, the manager made his feelings about the disjointed second half known.

“In the second half, we played very badly, with a lot of ball losses, and the only highlight was the goal from Pereira,” Van Gaal said. 

“We did not give many chances away but we gave possibilities away. There was always a threat and that was not necessary.”

“Our positions in midfield were not as good as the first half.”

Making ten half time substitutions is hardly conducive to a consistent second half display, so the subpar final 45 minutes is, to an extent, understandable.

Man United’s second half XI had a more inexperienced look with several players still visibly trying to find their feet under Louis van Gaal and that translated to a largely dreary half of football, which San Jose certainly contributed to as they played quite well.

However, these languid performances are exactly why pre-season friendlies happen in the first place. Nobody should be expecting the finished article for some time.

Regardless, the Dutchman can be pleased with the way Pereira played in the No.10 role. The Brazilian youngster showed some moments of real trickery and menace in an otherwise uneventful game.

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