Louis van Gaal has insisted that Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City was one the best performances produced by his side this season.
Man United, attacking the Stretford End, begun in blistering fashion. Anthony Martial swept home after just eight minutes, and Lingard nearly added another moments later.
But Leicester recovered from the onslaught that came their way thanks to Wes Morgan’s header on 17 minutes. And while both sides created chances, neither had the conviction to take all three points. Nevertheless, van Gaal was adamant that his side’s performance against the champions-elect was up there with the best of the season.
“I think it’s one of our best performances this season, but we didn’t score the winning goal and we were so close, so it’s a big pity,” said van Gaal.
“They are very strong with set plays and we have to organise better.”
United’s start was, given the number of woeful first halves seen at Old Trafford this season, both surprising and exhilarating. Every player looked in control; the ball moved faster; the away side looked uncomfortable; Old Trafford purred with excitement. It was a complete subversion of the norm.
That said, the blistering start soon gave way to more mediocrity, and, aside from the brilliant Martial, United’s attack was largely blunt edged.
So, contrary to van Gaal ‘s opinion, this home performance wouldn’t make it into the slim highlight reel of this season, and instead makes its way into the ever-growing catalogue of ‘underwhelming’, or ‘anticlimactic’, and certainly won’t live long in the memories of any United fan.