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Louis van Gaal on the draw and why he substituted Wayne Rooney


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his team bounced back well after the mid-week draw at home against PSV Eindhoven.

The Red Devils had a very good opportunity to go top of the table when they took on in-form Leicester City on Saturday afternoon but could only manage a draw despite enjoying 69% of possession.

The Dutchman also explained why he replaced striker Wayne Rooney who suffered a minor injury in the second half of the game.

"After the disappointment against PSV we have dominated the game," van Gaal explained.

"I have the feeling that we could have won this game. I've said to my players - this kind of match you have to win if you want to be champions at the end of the season.

"In the third or fourth phase we have to create more, but it is difficult because you have seen where Leicester City stand on the pitch – it was in the 60 metre area.

"That is a lot of bodies in front of you, but we have created the chances to beat them, if Memphis controls [the ball] better [for his chance] then it's a goal. We have to wait for the moment that we do that.

"You can imagine that we have prepared [to stop] that [Jamie Vardy] because that is Leicester's quality. It was unbelievable that it could happen, especially after a corner kick. We gave the goal away, but it is also the quality of Vardy.

"Wayne [Rooney] was a little bit injured, you saw him limping. I also wanted to change a striker because they were not running in behind. I could have taken off [Anthony] Martial because he didn't do that either, so that is why I changed Rooney, because he was a little bit injured."

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