Louis van Gaal hit out at his Manchester United team after their second half performance overnight, and even criticised new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger. United won 3-1 against the San Jose Earthquakes but the manager was critical of their performance.
“The first half I was satisfied – the players have performed what we wanted in the defensive organization, and they have created a lot of chances, 10, and they scored two goals so I was satisfied,” van Gaal said. “But the second half I thought we played very bad — a lot of ball losses, very unnecessary. The only highlight was the goal from Pereira. We didn’t give many chances away but we gave possibilities away. It was a threat always and that was not necessary. Our positions in midfield were not so good as in the first half.”
Van Gaal was asked about Schweinsteiger directly and didn’t hold back.
“He was also bad,” said the manager. “Players can play bad, certainly when you have only three days or six days training session in your legs and you have to play 45 minutes. Everybody can think it is easy to step in but it is not easy. I thought the first match (Schweinsteiger) played very well and now he played bad but that is also a process.”
You can see for yourself how United played in their 3-1 win with two highlights packages below.
Extended Highlights : (The video starts from 10mins into the game. Don’t worry, you don’t miss a goal)
Or, if you want to just see the goals, there’s a shorter video here :