Louis van Gaal has admitted that Manchester United did not play well in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Man United won the game thanks to Marcus Rashford’s winner but they laboured at times against the Premier League’s bottom side and Villa were unlucky not to equalise late on when Rudy Gestede hit the post.
Van Gaal was critical of United, insisting that his side played too slowly at Old Trafford.
“It was not our best performance, of course, you have seen it for yourself,” he said.
“I think we played too slowly and it was also difficult as they were playing very defensively and very compact. So then you need quicker play, quicker ball-speed and so on. In the first half we created enough chances to finish with two goals and then the motivation also with the players of Villa shall be less and the game is more easy. It is not like that though – we didn’t finish and, at the end, could have drawn which is not good.”
Villa have been awful this season and for United to only score one against them is disappointing.
Indeed, Villa might have stolen a point had Gestede’s effort been better aimed. Van Gaal may blame his players but his negative style of play, where possession is prioritised above all else, is detrimental to attacking verve and against everything that United have stood for over the years.