Louis van Gaal criticises Man United’s finishing after League Cup exit

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says the most important thing in football is scoring a goal

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United need to improve their finishing after a shock League Cup exit.

The Red Devils failed to make the breakthrough in normal time despite Louis van Gaal introducing £36m summer signing Anthony Martial from the bench in the second half.

The 20-time English champions had 13 attempts of which six were on target against the Championship side but couldn’t make the breakthrough, whilst Daley Blind had an own goal chalked off for offside.

England trio Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed their spot-kick attempts in the penalty shootout to hand Middlesbrough victory in the fourth round.

Speaking to the media after their penalty shootout defeat, Van Gaal was critical of United’s finishing.

Van Gaal said: “”When you are so close – so many chances we have created, especially in the second half and extra time – and cannot finish, you have to finish. The goal is the most important thing in football.”

The Red Devils are in fourth place and two points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace this weekend.

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