Chelsea 1 Man United 0: I’m proud of my players, declares Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hails his side's 'best performance' of the season despite narrow defeat

Louis van Gaal spoke of his pride at Manchester United’s performance after the Red Devils pushed Chelsea all the way in a narrow defeat at Stamford Bridge.

PFA player and young player of the year nominee Eden Hazard sealed three points with his 13th Premier League goal of the season in the first half in west London.

However, United, who had won their previous six games before their clash against the leaders, had 70 per cent of the possession and registered 15 attempts on Thibaut Courtois’ goal.

Speaking to BBC Sport following their 1-0 defeat, Van Gaal described United’s performance as their best of the season despite their failure to get a result against the Blues.

“I am not frustrated I am proud. Why should I be frustrated? We played the best match of the season,” Van Gaal said.

Van Gaal also questioned referee Mike Dean’s failure to award a stoppage-time penalty after Ander Herrera was involved in a collision with Gary Cahill.

“In my opinion that is the main decision of the referee [the potential penalty incident involving Ander Herrera]. Maybe you can watch the replays on television.”

United are seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool, who face Aston Villa in the weekend’s second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The Red Devils make the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton next weekend before taking on West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.

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