Louis van Gaal claims the facts say that Manchester United are better this season, despite their Champions League exit at the group stage.
The Dutchman’s list of evidence includes the ‘fact’ that United reached a later stage of the Capital One Cup – essentially a boast that they beat Ipswich 3-0 before losing on penalties to Middlesbrough.
“At the moment I cannot defend myself because we are out of the Champions League,” said Van Gaal, who watched his side contrive to lose 3-2 in Germany.
“But the facts say we are better than last year.
“When you see the facts we went further in the Capital One Cup this season, qualified for the Champions League group.
“We have played all these matches and are still in a very good position in the league. I’m also disappointed that we are out of the Champions League.”
Van Gaal has rejected claims that United should have easily emerged from a group featuring Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow.
“This was a tight group so I am not agreeing with any opinion that this was an easy group,” he said.