Man Utd gave ‘more than everything’, says Van Gaal

Date published: Thursday 17th March 2016 11:30

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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says his players gave “more than everything” after losing out to Liverpool in the Europa League last 16 tie. 

United looked to be in a good position to turn the tie around after Anthony Martial put them ahead with a first half penalty.

But with half-time approaching, Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho burst forward and chipped the ball over David de Gea to stun Old Trafford.

Van Gaal’s side needed three second half goals in order to progress, but failed to put themselves ahead on a bitterly disappointing night for the home side.

And an emotional Van Gaal admitted after the match that his side were “so disappointed” to have been knocked out after putting in such a performance.

“It is very disappointing,” said the Dutchman. “We could have the chance, that is the feeling in the dressing room.

“We have created enough chances to win and we know that when you attack in this way that Liverpool has counter chances.

“The way that we conceded that goal, at half-time they were all so disappointed. If we don’t concede that goal I think it was possible.

“They gave everything. More than everything. I am pleased that the fans saw that and gave them applause at the end.

“In the second half we had chances. Fellaini with his head and his foot. But you have to score three goals and that is not too easy.

“Liverpool had a free week but we had to play West Ham United. We also needed a little bit of luck but if you say that as a manager it is not good.”

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