Manchester United’s players returned home with less than they deserved on Sunday. Statistics show that this should have been a match won by LVG’s team who needed to hold on for 3 more minutes in order to get an important win over Chelsea. The lack of experience cost United two important points that would have brought them just two wins away from 2nd place. There are a lot of positives to take out of this game though. Martial is getting better and better and looks like the kind of player Manchester will be counting on for years to come. Lingard is also going down the same path. He scored one of the best goals of the weekend and showed that home grown players can be an important part of the starting eleven.
LVG was unhappy with the result and felt the team deserved more. To be fair, with just a tad more experience, Manchester would have won this. It would have been a big win for Van Gaal as well as you don’t often have the chance to see him react to a goal the way he did to that of Jesse Lingard. As TEAMtalk reported here’s what the Dutchman had to say after the match ended:
“I feel we didn’t reward ourselves with a victory because we were the better team. Until the last quarter we played very well and could have scored more goals. But you have to control the game better and we did not do that.
“It isn’t a lack of concentration it is not being composed when you are defending. When we have the ball we have to keep the ball.
“You need to give the right pass at the right moment and we did not do that [before Chelsea scored]. Chelsea are a very good team and you play like we played and don’t reward yourself, it is frustrating.”
In fact it was Memphis who was responsible for giving the ball away to the Blues which lead to the Costa goal after the Dutch winger had come on in the 85th minute to replace the impressive Lingard and this will have done done little but add to the discontent many United fans are feeling to the former PSV Eindhoven man who has had a very inconsistent season at best.
Manchester United have to get over this unhappy moment and focus on the game against Sunderland that`s scheduled for Saturday. They have a good couple of weeks ahead with a series of games that could help them build confidence and catch up to Manchester City.