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18-02-2016, 10:03 PM
LvG: “Yes, I think it’s the law of Murphy, when you have a list of 13 injured players and I think a few minutes before the game we can add another player to the list, then it is difficult to cope with such a list of injured players but nevertheless after 10 or 15 minutes we controlled the match, we scored a goal, but we gave also the goal away. And 1 minute before half-time and that’s a difficult time to concede a goal. And in the 2nd half I have to say that Midtjylland was winning every ball and that is very disappointing because you know in advance that that is the key of this game. And then they score and when you see how they score that is a little bit unnecessary in my opinion. But still we have a chance I think.”


Q. Why were they 2nd to each ball?


LvG: “Now I cannot answer that because we have to speak about that, why our players were not capable to win these second balls and to keep the ball in our position because we had also a lot of unnecessary losses of the ball. But now I can only analyse that Midtjylland was winning these second balls and then you can expect that they score out of a few chances but we could have scored also, Lingard could have scored also two times I think so in spite of that we could have finished the game also.”


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Q. Does it concern you that the teams attitude wasn’t quite right in the 2nd half?


LvG: “It’s nothing to do with attitude, why you say that because all the players wants to perform in an excellent way so attitude is not the case but we were not winning the 2nd balls that is my analysis.”


Q. Did they want to win the 2nd balls more?


LvG: “Yeah, you can describe that like that I think, yes.”


Q. Louis is there update on De Gea’s injury?


LvG: “It is happening in the warming up, and we didn’t know that and so have to wait and see for the scan tomorrow, then maybe we can say more but it was a big surprise. Knee.”


Q. Louis, the fans paid a lot of money to be here and they got very cold, and they were very upset at the end, what do you say to them tonight, a long way to come to support Manchester United?


LvG: “Yeah, this is disappointing, yeah, like we are disappointed so I’m very grateful for the fans who are supporting us but we want to win and we have to win in Old Trafford and then we are in the next round but we have to do it, it is not easy but we have to do it.’


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Q. Louis, you’re quite calm in the reaction to this result but are you not a little bit concerned that this is happening quite often these inconsistent displays, the ups and down performances?


LvG: “I have explained that we have to cope with a list of 14 players, 14 injured players and that’s not easy so I have to make a line up that every week another line up, more or less, so that is not contributing to much more confidence so we are in a difficult situation.”


Q. Some of the fans at the end, their criticism was so vocal, and pardon my french but they were singing, ‘we are fucking shit’, does that not really concern you that the fans turn like that on the team and be that critical of that team performance?


LvG: “The other question was about the fans who are supporting us and now you are…”


Q> I;m saying about their criticism at the final whistle…


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LvG: “Yeah but the fans can criticise us, but they can do it because when you see the 2nd half, yeah maybe they are right but we have to improve and then the fans shall support us again because we have seen that in the 18 months that I am here.”


Q. The players playing for you and they believe in you, do they believe in your methods, you feel that still?


LvG: “Yeah, These kinds of questions I have already received in my first year so…”


Q. After a performance like that, what about their spirit and their desire…


LvG: “The spirit I cannot say. No spirit I cannot say that they cannot perform well is different.”


Q. Were you surprised by Midtjylland?


LvG: “No because we have analysed the opponent, we have showed the images to the players like we do usually so the players know everything about Midtjylland. Nothing surprised, no.”


Q. Mr Van Gaal, just following on from that, when they made the sub on one hour, you may beg to differ but it seemed Manchester United had great trouble with finding out who should mark him and how they should contain him? How do you see that, do you disagree with that?


LvG: “Now we have a lot of difficulties with him and yeah we have to cope better with that problem and maybe they, he shall play in Old Trafford and we have to cope with that problem but you are right we had a lot of problems with him, we had less problems with Pusic”


Q. Given the manner of this performance, how difficult will that make it for Shrewsbury?


LvG: “Yeah that I have said also already to the players, because you cannot continue with losing games.”


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