Van Gaal admits second half against Tottenham was a ‘struggle for life’

After their recent draw against Tottenham, Louis van Gaal has conceded that Manchester United don’t have the fittest players.

United created many chances in the first half but couldn’t finish them off and they faded in the second half as the game against Tottenham was their second game in three days.

“They were tired,” the Dutchman laughed.

“We have to play a match within 48 hours, the body has not recovered, and I didn’t have the possibility to change because we do not have the most fittest players. I said one month ago it is scientifically proven that the body cannot recover in 48 hours.”

“When the FA allow that to play matches you see the second-half was much different from the first, not only for United but for Tottenham. My colleague Pochettino has changed three players. Not for nothing.”

Van Gaal was happy with his player’s first half display in which they created numerous opportunities to score with Juan Mata hitting the post and Hugo Lloris denied Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney with some good saves. But United’s players were visibly tired in the second half and couldn’t maintain the “tempo” of the first half.

Van Gaal admitted that such results wont help United’s title aspirations and that they need to be more clinical in front of goal to convert such draws into wins.

“You need a little fortune because Tottenham could score in the second-half,” Van Gaal said. “But yeah, when you play your best first half of the season as Manchester United playing at White Hart Lane – at a top six club – and you can create six or eight chances, then you have to finish your chances.

“But if you don’t reward yourself then normally the opponent wins.”

“You could see in the difference in the second half. It was not football anymore. It was a struggle for life and Tottenham won the second balls and that’s why they were more dominant than Manchester in the second half.”

“They created three chances but we also created three chances for the second-half. Mata, Van Persie and Falcao. They could have scored but they didn’t.”

“I asked David de Gea how many clean sheets he had, it’s now six,” said Van Gaal.

“So maybe you remember what your colleagues were writing at the beginning of the season it was a matter of organisation.”

“When you cannot win such types of matches that you are the better team then it’s very difficult to be the champion at the end of the season.”

The United boss declared that the fans will see a better side next year as he continues to work on his players.

“We are improving every week. I was very happy with the first-half,” he added. “We shall be better. So watch.”