It’s not often that a club the size of Manchester United can legitimately claim to be “unlucky” — only, roughly every time they are unfortunate enough to lose a game — but Louis van Gaal is crying bad luck anyway following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City on Saturday.
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Speaking in his post-game television interview (above video), Van Gaal was adamant his side were by far the better team on the day, but conceded that when 18 goalscoring chances present themselves to you, you have to put more than one away to beat most Premier League sides.
“Of course you can say that we have dominated the game, but only the goals [count].
We were the unlucky team today, I think.
I think in the second half, I can’t ask more of my players, only you have to score out of the chances, but we were not so lucky today.”
The very definition of “unlucky” for Man United would be if Robin van Persie, who was injured during the game and left the Liberty Stadium on crutches and in a walking boot, is to miss significant time. Wayne Rooney has played in midfield much of the last month, while Radamel Falcao has just four league goals to show for his first six months at United.
Saturday was United’s second Premier League loss of the season to Swansea, who handed Van Gaal an identical 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on his Premier League debut. With the defeat, United fall to fourth in the league with Southampton just one point behind in fifth and still to play on Sunday.