Europa League: Louis van Gaal rues ‘frustrating’ Coutinho goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United

18 Mar

Louis van Gaal was frustrated to have conceded so close to the interval in Manchester United’s Europa League draw with Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds booked their place in the last eight of the competition with a 3-1 aggregate victory over their bitter rivals.

United were back in the contest when Anthony Martial pulled one back from the penalty spot. But the last action of the first half saw Philippe Coutinho produce a moment of magic when he beat his marker before brilliantly deceiving goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post.

“It’s very disappointing because we created enough chances,” he said.

“We know when we are attacking in this way that Liverpool also have counter chances. The way we conceded that goal, in the last seconds of the first half… you could have built up the second half so beautifully but at half-time they were also disappointed.

“In the second half we also had chances, (Marouane) Fellaini with his head and his foot – but you have to score three goals and that’s not too easy. If we did not concede that goal it was possible, I think.”

Van Gaal refused to criticise the otherwise impressive De Gea for his efforts on the goal.

“No, you have to also give credit to Coutinho,” the Dutchman said.

“It was a fantastic action.

“You can also say we had fantastic actions, but you need also a little bit of luck – but when you say that too much as manager, it’s not good.”


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