Speaking prior to Manchester United’s match against Everton, Louis van Gaal has warned his players that another performance like that in the Arsenal game will not be tolerated.
The Red Devils were destroyed by Arsenal in the first 20 minutes a fortnight ago, and at no point in the game did United ever seriously look like coming back.
The result saw Arsenal take United’s 2nd place spot in the Premier League, dropping Louis van Gaal and his players down to 3rd.
Louis van Gaal has stated that the terrible performance cannot be repeated against Everton:
“When you have more than two weeks [to think about it] it is awful when you have such a result.”
“We have spoken about how that cannot happen again. We started so badly and Arsenal was so good”
“Maybe that was a coincidence but I don’t believe in that, I believe in preparation, focus and concentration.”
“We cannot accept that. Not just me. Not only me, but my members of staff, but the players cannot accept it from each other.”
“We want to be the champions, so if you want to be the champions you have to behave like champions, to improve yourself to be champions in the future.”
“I think it was the most disappointing performance because it is the first time that I have seen our motivation, inspiration and aggression was not as high as the opponent.”
“We cannot explain it because it is dependable on a lot of factors and one of the factors is that we are playing well.”
“That is maybe a little bit strange but you saw today that we played well in phases but when you lose the ball easily you have to win the duels.”
“We lost three duels in the build-up to their first goal after four minutes. In the first half we created a lot of chances but when you see the shots on the goal they were without conviction.”
“I hope it shall not happen again.”
Manchester United kick off away to Everton tomorrow at 15:00.