Louis van Gaal: Lack of possession cost Manchester United


Manchester United failed to score again today, settling for 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.

It was United’s third straight scoreless draw, a worrying statistic for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

Despite taking a point on the road against a good Crystal Palace side, United did not put in an impressive performance and Palace could have won the game.

[ RECAP: Palace 0-0 Manchester United ]

After the match, Van Gaal said United did not keep enough possession to create quality chances, as the Red Devils were credited with just one shot on target.

I don’t think that we have developed our positional game. We didn’t keep the ball so easily as normal, and that’s because we lost every second or third ball.

The main factor today was that we didn’t keep the ball, and that’s very important in football. Because of that, we don’t create so many chances. But I have to say, I can’t complain about the result

[Not scoring] is a big concern. Against Middlesbrough, we have created many chances but we didn’t finish. Now, we didn’t create so many chances.

United actually did control 56-percent of possession, but with just one attempt on goal, they never really tested Crystal Palace as the home-side looked more likely to find a winner.

After being called out by club legend Paul Scholes for being too cautious and lacking creativity, Van Gaal’s side did little to prove those words wrong, as it was another disappointing performance for a team that wants to be challenging for the title.