Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted his concern after his side lost for third successive game without scoring, going down 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, reports the club’s official website.
The visitors arrived aiming to frustrate United and soak up pressure, with the home side’s lack of forward momentum making for a drab first half of few chances. On his return to the starting XI after injury, Robin van Persie went closest before the break when shooting wide of the near post.
The match only came alive when the hardworking Baggies grabbed the lead, with chris Brunt’s left-footed free-kick deflecting past a stranded David De Gea off teammate Jonas Olsson, who was credited with the goal.
United then put pressure on to avoid a third home defeat of the season, but goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was thrice equal to van Persie’s attempts, including a penalty kick awarded for handball against Saido Berahino.
And after the game with his side still fourth on 65 points, a frustrated van Gaal said: “Normally, Robin shoots the penalties very good but it was also a good save from the keeper. You have to give the credit also to the goalkeeper but it was our biggest chance as it was without a lot of bodies in front of you.
“It’s also a concern now [a lack of goals] because it’s not a coincidence and, in spite of the way we have played against Chelsea, Everton and now against West Bromwich Albion, we have created a lot of chances and still we don’t score. So you can say, as manager, we were not unlucky in every match. It’s also that you have to finish these chances. We have lost three times in a row so it’s also in the hands of my players.’
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