Man Utd ‘better than last year’

Manager Louis van Gaal said “facts” proved his Manchester United side had been far better than last year, after they were knocked out of the Champions League.

United failed to qualify for the final 16 soon after a 3-two defeat at Wolfsburg.

Van Gaal stated reaching the group stage, progressing further in the Capital A single Cup and sitting fourth in the Premier League showed their improvement.

Nevertheless, he said: “I can not defend myself due to the fact we are out of the Champions League.”

Greater than final year?

United are fourth in the Premier League, having finished in the very same position in Van Gaal’s first season.

The former Netherlands coach, who replaced David Moyes in May 2014, led the Red Devils back into the Champions League following they failed to qualify for Europe beneath the Scot.

United have been eliminated by Championship side Middlesbrough in the League Cup fourth round this season, following an embarrassing 4- second-round defeat by MK Dons in the same competitors final season.

“When you see the information – we went further in the Capital One particular Cup, qualified for the Champions League group, we have played all these matches and are nevertheless in a very excellent position in the league,” he mentioned.

“The information say we are far better than last year.

“I’m also disappointed that we are out of the Champions League.”

‘We did not have an easy group’

Expectations had been high among United supporters that their team would comfortably progress from a group containing German runners-up Wolfsburg, Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven and Russian runners-up CSKA Moscow.

But Van Gaal rejected suggestions his side ought to have certified comfortably.

“This was a tight group so I am not agreeing with any opinion that this was an straightforward group,” he mentioned.

Final Group B table

P

W

D

L

Pts

Wolfsburg

six

4

2

12

PSV Eindhoven

six

3

1

2

10

Manchester United

6

two

2

two

eight

CSKA Moscow

6

1

1

four

4

Van Gaal perplexed by United defending

United had only conceded two targets in the previous nine matches just before their trip to Wolfsburg, but were defensively uncertain all through the Group B tie.

They conceded just 3 minutes following Anthony Martial’s opener, then allowed Wolfsburg to score the winner inside seconds of equalising for 2-two.

But Van Gaal’s side did offer a lot more attacking threat in Germany than they had in earlier weeks.

United have been booed off soon after Saturday’s – draw with West Ham at Old Trafford, the fifth time in nine matches they had failed to score.

“It was a crazy match,” stated Van Gaal, who also saw Jesse Lingard have a purpose disallowed ahead of half-time on Tuesday.

“We did not score several ambitions ahead of and in an away match you score two objectives – possibly three but one was cancelled out.

“But twice you give away a goal inside two minutes of scoring, that’s difficult to comprehend when you defend so properly generally.”

PSV draw cost us – Fellaini

United completed third in Group B possessing failed to win any of their away matches, losing at PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg, whilst drawing at CSKA Moscow.

But midfielder Marouane Fellaini believes it was United’s failure to beat PSV at Old Trafford, where the sides drew -, that proved costly.

“It is difficult for us. We are disappointed. We should win against PSV at residence,” stated the 28-year-old Belgium international.

“We were not fortunate against Wolfsburg. In the last ten minutes we played with ten guys [simply because Chris Smalling was injured]. It was much more challenging.

“But we have to forget this disappointment speedily. We have to recover quickly and concentrate on the next game.”

Matteo Darmian in pain

Matteo Darmian hobbled off for the duration of the first half of Tuesday’s game

Injuries pile up for United

United were with out seven senior players for the trip to Wolfsburg, with skipper Wayne Rooney the most notable absentee with an ankle injury.

Argentina international Marcos Rojo dislocated his shoulder final week, while fellow defenders Luke Shaw (leg) and Antonio Valencia (foot) have extended-term injuries.

England defender Phil Jones was absent with an ankle problem, whilst midfielders Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin are also sidelined.

Van Gaal handed a initial United commence to 22-year-old Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela, and then brought on 18-year-old left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson when Matteo Darmian was injured for the duration of the 1st half.

The Dutchman’s issues had been compounded when stand-in skipper Smalling suffered a groin problem in the final 10 minutes.

Both Smalling and Darmian are “doubtful” for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth, Van Gaal stated in his post-match news conference.