Van Gaal ‘amazed’ by Man United’s defeat at Swansea

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted he was “amazed” his side slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Swansea, while the Red Devils were also left to lament a fresh injury blow to striker Robin van Persie.The Dutch striker returned to the starting line-up having sat out of last week’s FA Cup victory over Preston with injury, but he left the Liberty Stadium on crutches as United slipped to fourth place following Arsenal’s win at Crystal Palace.Van Gaal’s men took a first-half lead through Ander Herrera but Ki Sung-yueng equalised within two minutes and Bafetimbi Gomis gave the hosts victory when he deflected Jonjo Shelvey’s 73rd minute strike past David de Gea.Gomis’ goal secured Swansea’s first-ever league double over United after the Welsh club’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season, but Van Gaal felt what was only his side’s second defeat in 20 games in all competitions was undeserved on the balance of play.Statistics showed United had 12 shots compared to Swansea’s eight, but Van Gaal’s men managed only three on target compared to the home team’s six.“It is always frustrating when you lose and you are the dominating team, your disappointment is much bigger because of that,” United manager Van Gaal said.“In the first half it was an equal game as I counted as many chances for Swansea as we had.“That was not a big difference, but in the second half it was a big difference.“Swansea had a chance in the first minute of the second half and after that we dominated the game.“Every two minutes we had a chance but we were not effective.”Van Gaal also bemoaned the nature of Swansea’s winner when Gomis unknowingly got in the way of Shelvey’s powerful effort.“They had one counter, the shot deviated, maybe also in an offside position from Gomis, and it was a goal,” he said.“Nevertheless we dominated the game even with ten men when Robin van Persie could not run any more after his injury and I had three substitutes on the field.“It is amazing we have lost and we have lost only to Southampton in 19 games before this, but you have to pick yourself up and continue.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more