Odds were against us: Van Gaal

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Odds were against us: Van Gaal

Although the visitors were 76 places above their opponents in the English league system, Van Gaal claimed that it was actually 11-time cup-winners United who had been playing against the odds in Friday’s game.

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Published: Sun 25 Jan 2015, 10:39 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:05 PM

Cambridge United goalkeeper Chris Dunn clears the ball past Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie. — AP

Cambridge United goalkeeper Chris Dunn clears the ball past Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie. — AP

Cambridge — Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal declared that he was not concerned by his side’s performance after their 0-0 draw at fourth-tier minnows Cambridge United in the FA Cup.

Van Gaal selected a strong team for the trip to the Abbey Stadium, but despite the presence of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, United could not prevent the fourth-round tie going to a replay.

Although the visitors were 76 places above their opponents in the English league system, Van Gaal claimed that it was actually 11-time cup-winners United who had been playing against the odds in Friday’s game.  “Every aspect of the match is against us,” said the Dutchman, whose team had overcome third-division Yeovil Town 2-0 in the third round.

“We have to come here, the pitch is not so good, but that can influence also that you play in another playing style. “The opponents are always giving a lot more than normally and defending is always easier (than) attacking, and then you have seen the referee. “It’s always the same. Everywhere I have coached these games and I have coached them also with other clubs. It’s always the same.”

Asked to elaborate on his remarks about referee Chris Foy, he replied: “You can give your own opinion. I cannot give.”

Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata were omitted from United’s match-day squad, but Van Gaal said that both players had simply been rested and were not carrying injuries.

Van Gaal reverted to a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield — after United’s fans had protested against his preferred 3-5-2 system during last weekend’s 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers — but he said that tactics alone could not explain his side’s failure to click. “When I know the statistics of our former performances, then you could see that we create more chances (with a 4-4-2),” he said.



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