Louis van Gaal was pleased by Manchester United’s response from their midweek European setback in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Leicester City, although he believes they should have won.
United put in a limp performance on Wednesday against PSV, with a goalless draw plunging their European campaign into jeopardy.
However, despite succumbing to Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking 11th consecutive Premier League strike, Van Gaal’s side controlled large swathes of the game and, in his opinion, were unfortunate not to leave the King Power Stadium with three points.
“I had a feeling we could win this game and, as I have said to my players, this is the kind of match you have to win if you want to be champions at the end of the season.
“I have a bad feeling because we could have won the game, but I’m also proud of the way we played.
“I would have liked us to create more chances but we know that. In the third or fourth phase, we have to create more but it is more difficult.
“As we have seen, Leicester stand on the pitch around the 60-meter area and there were a lot of bodies in front of us.
“We have created the chances to beat them. If [Memphis] Depay controls better, it’s a goal and we have to wait for the moment we do that.”
Having navigated the opening 24 minutes in Leicester unscathed, United were struck by a blistering Foxes counter, with Kasper Schmeichel and Christian Fuchs combining to tee up Vardy for his momentous goal.
And, having highlighted counter attacks as an area of concern ahead of the game, Van Gaal revealed his discontent at Leicester’s opener, despite acknowledging Vardy’s quality.
“You can imagine that we prepared for that [Leicester counter attacks] because that’s their quality, especially after corners,” he added.
“It’s unbelievable that could happen, we gave the goal away. But, of course, the quality of Vardy counted as well.”
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