Louis van Gaal said he was “not angry” and “not frustrated” after Manchester United’s Europa League exit.
United drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Thursday, losing 3-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 defeat at Anfield in the first leg a week ago.
The hosts had their chances to score at Old Trafford and took the lead through an Anthony Martial penalty, but Philippe Coutinho’s excellent individual strike leveled the game and effectively ended the tie just before half-time. Here are 16 Conclusions on the game.
Speaking after the game, Van Gaal praised the efforts of his players.
“I am not angry, I am not frustrated. I was very proud of my players,” said Van Gaal. “It is very disappointing. We could have the chance, that is the feeling in the dressing room.
“We have created enough chances to win and we know that when you attack in this way that Liverpool has counter chances.
“The way that we conceded that goal, at half-time they were all so disappointed. If we don’t concede that goal I think it was possible.
“They gave everything. More than everything. I am pleased that the fans saw that and gave them applause at the end.
“They applauded after the match despite us being out – that was remarkable I think.
“In the second half we tried to raise ourselves out of disappointment but you know, the fans know, everyone knows we have to score three goals and that was more difficult.”