The Reds dominated the game against the Dutch champions but couldn’t find a way past a stubborn defence, leaving them with no option but to beat Wolfsburg in two week’s time in order to ensure qualification for the knockout round. Man United had plenty of chances to open the scoring and secure a crucial three points but were unable to grasp their opportunities and will now have their work cut out for them when they travel to Germany.
Van Gaal was clearly unhappy with the finishing displayed by his team, who have struggled to create chances of late. United have been relatively efficient in front of goal this campaign but did not have their shooting boots when they really needed them.
The manager singled out Jesse Lingard‘s miss in the second half as the biggest chance to seal the win and he told manutd.com after the game: “Still [in the second half] we have created one big chance for Jesse Lingard which we could have finished and that is very disappointing, also for the fans, that we didn’t score. It was so close but we still didn’t score. We could have qualified and it’s a big disappointment also for the players.”
Lingard’s miss from inside the box was an indication that it was going to be one of those days where nothing went right for United. It was a frustrating night for the players and fans alike after what should have been a hugely galvanising last minute win against Watford at the weekend.
The Reds will now turn their focus back to the Premier League as they visit Leicester City in a top of the table clash. A win will take United to the summit of the league, which could be exactly what they need before the crucial trip to Germany to try and qualify for the first knockout round in Europe.