Next Game

Man Utd v PSG

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 02:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Last Game

Barcelona 1 - 3 Man Utd

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 21:00

Int Champs Cup North America

LVG: We were nervous again

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hoping his players’ confidence will be raised by the second-half performance in the 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Last Updated: 30/08/14 at 22:18 Post Comment

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United manager looking for confidence boost

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United manager looking for confidence boost

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Van Gaal is still waiting for his first win at the helm and felt United again displayed nerves on the back of an opening day defeat by Swansea and last week’s draw at Sunderland.

The Dutchman felt his team improved after half-time and was left to lament United’s failure to convert their chances at Turf Moor.

“We played much better in the second half and created more chances,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “But you have to score from those chances, and we didn’t do that. It’s a disappointing result.

“It was our mistake to fight with Burnley, even though they have fantastic fighting spirit. You have to play with the ball against teams like Burnley.

“I don’t think our confidence level was very high in the first half. But I think that’s normal when a club like United loses the first match and draws the second one. 

“The pressure is higher and you have to cope with that. I could see in the first half that the players were very nervous to play the ball. We restored that in the second half, and maybe that will raise our confidence.”

United had a first-half penalty appeal waved away when Kieran Trippier collided in the box with Ashley Young, who also saw a late shot clatter into Ashley Barnes’ arms.

However, Van Gaal preferred not to discuss the incidents, saying: “We had more possession of the ball than Burnley but more free-kicks were awarded against us than in favour of us. I think that is remarkable.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Muller has a job for life at Bayern

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge feels that Thomas Muller 'will never leave ' Bayern Munich and has offered the forward a job for life at the club.

Jose Mourinho: Rafael Benitez destroyed Inter Milan and his wife should take care of his diet

Jose Mourinho has hit back at Rafael Benitez’s wife, saying her husband 'destroyed' Inter Milan and she should take care of his diet.

Mail Box

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

Di Maria Just Didn't Fit (S**t Happens)

If a signing doesn't work there doesn't have to be a massive witch hunt. So there. Plus a detailed net spend rant, Breel Embolo, computer games and Louis van Gaal...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company