Van Gaal bemoans officials as Chelsea grab ‘unfair’ draw

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2016 7:12

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Frustrated Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was left to reflect on what might have been after his side saw victory snatched from their grasp in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

United boss Van Gaal was visibly disappointed after his side dropped two points and he questioned the decision from the referee to play six minutes of stoppage time.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the United manager said: “(I’m feeling) deep frustration because we were the better team and again we didn’t win.

“The free-kicks – I don’t think that all of those were free-kicks but this referee gave them a lot of free-kicks at the end of the game.

“I spoke with him (the fourth official) for the second time (in stoppage time). The time was already over the six minutes and then he let (them) kick the corner… and then he whistled. He did it also in the first half.

“So, I think you cannot do that, otherwise you don’t let them kick the corner because the six minutes has been passed.

“I don’t think that is fair.”

Van Gaal also felt his players need to concentrate throughout and added: “I feel we didn’t reward ourselves with a victory because we were the better team. Until the last quarter we played very well and could have scored more goals. But you have to control the game better and we did not do that.

“It isn’t a lack of concentration it is not being composed when you are defending. When we have the ball we have to keep the ball.

“You need to give the right pass at the right moment and we did not do that [before Chelsea scored]. Chelsea are a very good team and you play like we played and don’t reward yourself, it is frustrating.”

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