Arsenal 3 Man United 0: Louis van Gaal shocked by Red Devils collapse

Louis van Gaal discusses Manchester United's 3-0 loss to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday

Louis van Gaal was at a loss to explain Manchester United’s slow start after Arsenal raced to a 3-0 win over the Red Devils at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s men took an early lead when Alexis Sanchez flicked home Mesut Ozil’s low cross in the sixth minute in north London.

Of course it’s a shock because you don’t expect it

Louis van Gaal

And the German playmaker added a goal of his own moments later when he stroked in Theo Walcott’s pass.

Sanchez then made it 3-0 with his second of the day when he fired in a long-range effort in the 19th minute.

Van Gaal’s United side improved in the second half but were unable to break down a stubborn Arsenal defence at The Emirates.

And the Dutchman conceded that he could not explain why his side had started the game so badly.

Van Gaal told Sky Sports: “I’m looking for the answer still because I have never seen it from one of my teams. That is also a question I have asked my players. You cannot solve that because there is a lot of emotion also.

“It was not only one player, it was more than half of my team I think that was not doing what we have agreed in our game-plan.

“Of course it’s a shock because you don’t expect it. We were top of the league, we had won our last four matches and we had to protect our position.

“The way we have started was so without emotion and that kind of stuff… you cannot expect that. That’s difficult to understand and we have to look for the reasons.

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“The biggest concern is that the players are flying out to international duty so you cannot prepare your next match. You have to wait to see if the players are fit enough and also mentally fit enough to play.”

“Today it was a shock for me. It was the worst I have seen from my team because we were not able to give a normal performance.

“Arsenal were much better and much more aggressive. You need to win duels and second balls, especially in England.”

The result moved Arsenal above United and up to second place in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Manchester City heading into the international break.

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