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Louis van Gaal on two missed points against Spurs and fatigue


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes the goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur was a missed opportunity to add three more points and close the gap from leaders Chelsea.

The Red Devils played some exhilarating football in the first-half as they created a number of chances but were denied by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

"We lost two points I think," van Gaal said.

"We had the best performance of Manchester United's season in the first half, we could have scored four or five goals I think, but we didn't reward ourselves."

The Dutchman opted to start with the same line-up that eased past Newcastle United on Friday and blamed fatigue for a below-par second half from his players.

"In the second half, it was more of a struggle than football," van Gaal explained.

"You could see [then] that the players could not recover in two days. It was an ugly match. In the first half we played very well, but when you do not score goals then you cannot win.

"I said already before the matches, it is the culture of England [to play twice in 48 hours]. I think the human body cannot recover with 48 hours and in the second half it was a struggle.

"We gave three possibilities or chances away but we could have also scored from three possibilities - Juan Mata, van Persie and Falcao could have scored. The first half was a fantastic half of ours, but then you have to finish the attacks and we were not so effective today.

"I should have been satisfied if we had won today because then we would have had 38 points out of 19 matches and that is two points a match on average, which is very good."

United will take heart from the other results of the day with Chelsea and Manchester City both drawing their matches against Southampton and Burnley respectively.

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