Louis Van Gaal admitted that his side were second best to Crystal Palace throughout yesterday’s encounter at Selhurst Park.
After seeing his side fail to ever seriously trouble Wayne Hennessey’s goal, the Dutchman sounded almost apologetic in addressing the club’s supporters following the game, making reference to the heavy schedule they’re being forced to play under in the last few weeks as a potential reason for their lack of bite in front of goal.
Far from disparaging about our own efforts, Van Gaal was in fact very positive when discussing the impact Palace made on the game, admitting that we were far quicker into tackles all over the field throughout, and suggesting, albeit indirectly, that we were hard done by to come away with just a point.
Having plodded through what was being looked upon as a semi-crisis at Selhurst Park in recent weeks, yesterday’s display proved beyond any doubt, that we are more than capable of kicking on and establishing ourself in the top half for the remainder of the season, after what has been an incredibly tough start.
No longer are we viewed as the little engine that could by opposition bosses, acting instead as stiff competition for each and every team from week to week, regardless of the relative depth of their squads in comparison to ours.
With a game against Jurgen Klopp’s new look Liverpool on the horizon, there will be a spring in the step of our players over the next few days, let’s hope that our recent hold over them remains intact for at least one more meeting.
Inflicting the German’s defeat in the Anfield hot seat would almost be too sweet to put into words.