Van Gaal: Everton defeat inevitable following poor warm-up

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side’s defeat to Everton on Sunday afternoon was inevitable following their poor warm-up before the match. The Dutch coach said he had a bad feeling before the game, which assistant manager Ryan Giggs was said to have shared, reports BBC Sport.

Manchester United enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in their trip to Goodison Park, but struggled to create chances of quality, and were ultimately second-best where it mattered. Everton deserved their victory, and appeared to have more energy in all areas of the pitch compared to their opponents, which was what Van Gaal was not happy with.

He observed the warm-up before the game with assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who both agreed that the side were looking poor just minutes before the game, and their worst fears were proven right. James McCarthy put Everton ahead after five minutes, and John Stones doubled their lead minutes after the half hour mark.

All through the game, United huffed and puffed, but couldn’t break down the Toffees defence, and ultimately suffered their second consecutive defeat in the Premier League as a result. The United boss gave his thoughts: “I had the feeling; the warm-up was not so good. In the last minutes before the game you hope you can recover and stimulate your players but then it is too late. You have to prepare the match already two or three days before and Everton have done that and they have won because of that.”

“This is the first match that the other team have shown more fighting spirit than us. Our motivation, inspiration and aggression was not as high as the opponent. When you see the first goal, three duels in a row we lost and that is an example. I hope it shall not happen again but, as a coach, I know it shall happen again,” he added.

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