Louis van Gaal admitted that Manchester United were “not good” in their 1-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United on Saturday evening.
Van Gaal’s team scraped into the fourth round of the FA Cup by the finest of margins, thanks to Wayne Rooney’s stoppage-time penalty winner against their League One opponents at Old Trafford.
The Blades started the day 46 places below the 20-time English champions in the league ladder, but the Red Devils could not break down the third-tier side until Memphis Depay was clipped in the box in injury time and Jonathan Moss pointed to the spot before Rooney banged the ball past George Long.
Paul Scholes launched another attack on Van Gaal’s team after the final whistle, claiming the players looked “bored” during the match.
Van Gaal admitted his team’s performance was “not all right”, but he did not slate his players after the match. Instead he chose to focus on the positives, claiming he knew his team would find it hard to break down opposition as well organised and defensively minded as Sheffield United.
“I can understand (why) the manager of Sheffield United choose this kind of tactics, but they didn’t have any chances, we have kept another clean sheet and we deserved to win,” the United manager said.
“Okay it’s not good today. We did not move the ball quickly today.
“But we have won and that is the most important thing in the FA Cup – we have to be in the next round and we are there.”
Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins questioned why Depay went down so easily under the challenge of Dean Hammond.
“It was an honest endeavour to put a block in,” Adkins said.
“There is no need for the player to go to ground. There are a couple of players around him.”