Van Gaal: Winning points more important than goals

Date published: Friday 27th November 2015 11:37

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal insists winning points “is more than important” than scoring goals as his Manchester United style has again been questioned.

United failed to score for the fourth game in eight in midweek as they toiled to a 0-0 draw against PSV, leaving their Champions League qualification hopes in doubt.

The Dutchman has regularly faced questions over his conservative style as manager, with Daniel Storey lamenting United’s lack of speed in their play.

Van Gaal admitted he was “worried” about his side’s profligacy in front of goal after the PSV draw, but has now reverted his stance, while praising Premier League leaders Leicester, who they face in the late Saturday kick-off.

“I don’t think anybody has expected that [Leicester at the top], even Leicester themselves,” Van Gaal said. “But they are deserved at number one because points are the most important thing; goals are important, but winning points is more important.”

Van Gaal acknowledged fan unrest, adding: “The fans have to be happy, you are playing for the fans but you have to see how our opponents are playing against us.

“If we weren’t creating chances I’d be worried, but we are and we don’t give too much away – normally our results are good.

“Our defensive organisation is normally the best part of our game.We’ve proved that more than ever this season.”

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