Louis van Gaal runs rule over Man United’s League Cup exit
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says the Red Devils need to force their luck
Louis van Gaal says Manchester United need to force their luck after a penalty shootout defeat by Middlesbrough in the League Cup fourth round.
The Red Devils crashed out of the competition after United captain Wayne Rooney and his England colleagues Michael Carrick and Ashley Young missed their spot-kicks in the penalty shootout.
I’m pleased with some of the performances of my players but I am also disappointed with some of my players. That’s the life of the manager
Louis van Gaal
The 20-time English champions have made premature exits in the League Cup in back-to-back seasons under Louis van Gaal after a 4-0 loss to MK Dons in the third round of the Capital One Cup last season.
Speaking to the media after the shootout loss, Van Gaal refused to make excuses for his United side after a disappointing performance against the Championship side.
“Last year, we were out of this cup already, in the first match, 4-0 [lost to Milton Keynes Dons],” Van Gaal said.
“Now we are in the final 16 and we had to win. But, okay, we were not lucky. I have to say you have to force the luck. Against Manchester City, we were also not lucky but I cannot repeat that every week that we’re not lucky. You have to force the luck.”
Chris Smalling, David De Gea, Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin were the best United performers on a disappointing cup night.
While Van Gaal accepted that there were some positives, the Dutchman was disappointed with the performances of other players.
“Of course, there were some players that have played a very good game. I have to admit that I’m very proud of that because it’s not an easy game against Middlesbrough,” Van Gaal added.
“So I’m pleased with some of the performances of my players but I am also disappointed with some of my players. That’s the life of the manager.”