Manchester United’s inability to grab a win against 10-man Aston Villa left Louis van Gaal frustrated at Villa Park.
Manchester United came into this match on the back of six straight wins and were the favourites to continue that run against an Aston Villa side who have won only two games at Villa Park this season. But it was the home side who took the early lead with Christian Benteke scoring with a fantastic left footed curler, which left David De Gea stranded in Manchester United goal.
Manchester United dominated most of the possession after that as Villa sat back and absorbed all the pressure. But the Red Devils found their equalizer in the second half as Radamel Falcao scored his second league goal of the season with a wonderful header. Aston Villa were further put on the back foot with Gabriel Agbonlahor shown a red card in the 65th minute of the match.
But despite having numerical advantage, Manchester United failed to break down the Villa defence for the winner, this left Louis van Gaal disappointed after the game.
“It’s disappointing not to win the game. We were the better team throughout the match.
“Villa scored against the run of play, we got back in it with a great goal, and we were pressing and pushing but our final cross wasn’t what we wanted.
“(After the red card) they defended a lot more and got more bodies behind the ball and made it difficult. We should have created more opportunities.” – The Manchester United manager said after the match.
Van Gaal felt that his team were not aggressive enough in the first half and were not effective enough in the second half.
“I am very frustrated and I think the players also are because we were the better team and we don’t win. You have to win when you are the better team. In the first half we weren’t aggressive enough.
“I also have to say Aston Villa were well organised but when you allow them to score you know it will be very difficult.
“We pressed more in the second half and that’s why we scored but you have to score two times. We weren’t effective enough. It could have been seven in a row but it is not.” – He added.
Meanwhile, Paul Lambert has questioned Agbonlahor’s red card and insisted that even Manchester United defender Phil Jones felt it was the wrong decision by the referee.
“(From) where I was standing it wasn’t a red card, no way, especially when Jones went up to Guzan and said he’d (Young) made the foul on Gabby.” – The Aston Villa manager said.