The Europa League exit was disappointing for Manchester United‘s manager Louis van Gaal.
But the Dutchman is now looking forward to play against Manchester City in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
The Red Devils are 4 points behind City and a win would place them right back in the race for a top 4 spot.
Van Gaal praised his players and recognized their commitment to the game against Liverpool but the result was disappointing for everyone.
The team had plenty of missed chances which if were converted would have changed the outcome of the game.
Here’s what he said:
- It is very disappointing because we had the chance – that’s the feeling in the dressing room.
- We created enough chances – [Jesse] Lingard missed with his head, [Juan] Mata from eight metres, [Anthony] Martial also, but the way we conceded that goal, in the last seconds of the first half.
- If we didn’t concede that goal, it was possible. In the second half, we also had chances – [Marouane] Fellaini with his head, with his foot.
- But you have to score three goals and that’s not too easy.
- We tried to do everything. We fought until the end. At half-time, the players were so disappointed but, still, we have given everything.
- I was very pleased the fans were also seeing that and gave them a big applause after the match.
- We have to cope with it. We have to recover again after this match.
- The players have given everything – more than everything, I think – but still we have to play against Manchester City, which is a more important game now because it’s about qualification for the Champions League.
- And they have one [recovery] day more but that was also the case against Arsenal and we beat them, so we have to believe in it. We can do it but it’s our fifth or sixth game in two weeks.