Manchester United started slowly, but scored an impressive victory at Arsenal…
Reports in the Daily Mail explain that Louis Van Gaal says he was not impressed with the first-half performance of his Manchester United players against Arsenal, while the Dutchman also expressed his belief that goalkeeper David De Gea still has to improve.
Perfectionist Van Gaal is demanding ‘significant improvements’ from his United side, despite his players 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium elevating them into the Champions League places.
United keeper David De Gea was man of the match, keeping United in the game at times but even he was urged to improve by Van Gaal: “His quality is on the goal-line but he has to improve also in their aspects of the game. When I say that you think that I’m crazy but I’m not crazy, believe me.”
Arsenal certainly dominated the early stages of the game, and had several golden chances to take the lead – most notably through Jack Wilshere – and Van Gaal admitted that if Arsenal had scored in the first half, it would have been a completely different game.
The United boss said: “I was not pleased with the way we had played in the first half so I don’t think it’s my best victory with United. Of course, it’s an away game against a top team and we have won.
“But I have to say the first 25 minutes we gave the ball so easily away, it’s not possible for a top team. Arsenal created a lot of chances but fortunately we have a very good goalkeeper in David De Gea and after the first 25 minutes you saw we were coming back in the game.
“That’s what I said at half time: when we keep the ball, when we show confidence then we shall create many, many chances. And we created at last three big chances. And twice the pass was easy to give to Di Maria and Rooney and the passes, which were not difficult, were not right. And we have to improve that.”
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