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Van Gaal laments missed chances

Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal. PHOTO/File
Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal. PHOTO/File

LEICESTER, November 29- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal felt his side missed a big chance to make a statement in the Premier League title race following the 1-1 draw at Leicester City.

The Red Devils had to come from a goal down to rescue a point at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, with Bastian Schweinsteiger opening his United account to cancel out Jamie Vardy’s first-half strike.

The result left Van Gaal’s men third in the standings, one point adrift of joint leaders Leicester and Manchester City, and while it was a much-improved performance from the goalless draw against PSV in the Champions League in midweek, the Dutchman admitted he expected more from his side on such an important evening of top-flight football.

“After the disappointment against PSV, we have dominated the game,” he told Saturday Night Football.

“I had a feeling we could win this game and, as I have said to my players, this is the kind of match you have to win if you want to be champions at the end of the season.

“I have a bad feeling because we could have won the game, but I’m also proud of the way we played.

“I would have liked us to create more chances but we know that. In the third or fourth phase, we have to create more but it is more difficult.

“As we have seen, Leicester stand on the pitch around the 60-meter area and there were a lot of bodies in front of us.

“We have created the chances to beat them. If [Memphis] Depay controls better, it’s a goal and we have to wait for the moment we do that.”