Unlike his Capital One Cup side, Louis van Gaal was a picture of steely composure during his post-match interviews last night. Despite the humiliation in Milton Keynes, he blamed “making errors at the wrong moment” for the defeat; ie giving the ball away extremely cheaply in the buildup to three of Dons’ four goals.
The Dutchman spoke of how his side “created a lot of chances but didn’t have the luck to score”.
He was also full of praise for his opposite number Karl Robinson.
He appealed to United fans around the world to trust in his vision. Said van Gaal: “We are building up a team that you cannot make in a month or a year. Of course it’s very disappointing but I hope they shall maintain their confidence int he club and our philosophy.”
Van Gaal spoke with anticipation for the versatility of new signing Angel di Maria, but warned that he will need time to adopt to his surroundings.
His points were all reasonable and well articulated for a man who has only begun to speak English regularly for the first time in over a decade, but considering the battering his men had taken, it brings to mind the defiant pronouncements of the propaganda spokesperson for a losing army.
Here's the post-match press conference.