Man Utd ‘couldn’t cope’ with Liverpool pressure, says Van Gaal

Date published: Thursday 10th March 2016 10:40

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says his team “couldn’t cope” with Liverpool’s pressure as they fell to a 2-0 defeat in the Europa League last-16 first leg tie. 

Liverpool dominated the first leg with goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino guiding them to a 2-0 win, and it could have been much more had it not been for the heroics from United goalkeeper David de Gea.

United came out second best in the first leg and now must overturn a two goal deficit in the return leg at Old Trafford next week.

And manager Van Gaal admits his side “didn’t create enough” as they came out second best at Anfield.

Speaking after the match, Van Gaal said: “I have to say that Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic.

“They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure. David de Gea was fantastic. But we had a cheap penalty and in the second half we changed the shape. We had much more contribution to the game but we didn’t create enough.

“They scored another cheap goal, he was offside, and that is difficult. Losing 2-0 is a difficult result for us but we have to create an atmosphere like that next week.

“Liverpool deserved it. I haven’t seen (the incident with Marouane Fellaini) but I have to say that Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch.”

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