The Thoughts of van Gaal - Sunderland (a)
After a far from glorious start, some might even call it inglorious; Louis van Gaal is still waiting for his first Premier League win.
Before the game, van Gaal had stated it`d need a miracle for United to win the title this season and with, after just two games gone, United trailing one heavyweight title contender, Chelsea, by five points, he`s probably right.
However, it`s not all doom and gloom and after the hard-fought draw up at the Stadium of Light, van Gaal had this to say to the media,
'The purpose of the game is to create more chances and score goals. We haven't created more chances, but in the second half we were more dominant than we were against Swansea. That's a plus, but we have to create more from that dominance."
'You have to recognise the fight of the opponent. We have reached Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie a lot of times, but after that you need the support of the midfielders, and the combination was not good enough."
'The only reason to give a penalty is when the opponent touches the leg of a player. Van Persie and Young were touched. Young lifted the ball across the opponent and he was touched by the opponent. The referee can give a penalty - but we don't have to talk too much about that. We can talk about our passing game which was not good enough.'
Something to work on in training then Louis as we prepare to engage in early domestic cup action against the MK Dons in midweek!