Everton 3 Man United 0: Louis van Gaal criticises lack of fighting spirit

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal runs the rule over his side's disappointing performance at Goodison Park

Louis van Gaal was frustrated that Everton showed more fighting spirit than his Manchester United side after an emphatic defeat at Goodison Park.

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy opened the scoring after just five minutes and England defender John Stones doubled the hosts’ advantage on 35 minutes.

This was the first match when I saw a team that was more motivated and aggressive than us

Louis van Gaal

Belgium international Marouane Fellaini was withdrawn at half-time on his return to Goodison Park after the midfielder picked up an early booking against the Toffees.

And second-half substitute Kevin Mirallas capitalised on disorganisation in the United defence to cement the win with 16 minutes to play on Merseyside.

Speaking to BBC Sport following the 3-0 defeat, Van Gaal spoke of his disappointment at the 20-time English champions’ performance against the Toffees.

“We have always had more fighting spirit on the pitch and I think that this is the first match that the other team have shown more of that than us.

Van Gaal continued: “This was the first match when I saw a team that was more motivated and aggressive than us. It is not good, but we are human beings.

“We have to see that our opponents will defend more and cope with that as a club. Everton deserved to win – when the result is fair, you can live with it.”

United stay in fourth place following their second successive Premier League defeat.

More: Smalling: Man United were off the pace from the start

Fifth-placed Liverpool are seven points behind United but have played one game less than Van Gaal’s side.

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