Van Gaal states United's 1-0 loss is 'best performance this season'

Angry Louis van Gaal

The Manchester United boss gave an awkward interview following his side 1-0 loss to Chelsea.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had every right to be impressed with the way his side performed during the 1-0 loss to Chelsea. However, despite the performance, the fact United lost led to a tense interview with BBC Sport after the game.

The Dutchman initially appeared to be disappointed at the result when questioned by the BBC reporter who asked how he felt after the game.

"It doesn't matter how I feel," said Van Gaal. "They [Chelsea] scored one goal, it was the first shot on the goal. And against Crystal Palace it was the 90th minute so they did it better today.

"I am not frustrated I am proud. Why should I be frustrated? We played the best match of the season."

After United held on to the ball for long periods of the game, leading to a 70% level of possession according to BBC stats, the former Netherlands boss reiterated how well he thought his side had played.

"In my opinion it was the best performance we have had this season," added the 63-year-old. "We were not effective because we have created, despite the defensive organisation of Chelsea, three chances in the first half and eight in the second half.

"That is unbelievably good. We were the dominant team on the pitch but we lose. Everything is the result.

"Everybody can have his own opinion and the winner takes it all. It's a song, but it's like that."

Despite the fact United slipped to eleven points behind the league-leaders with the loss, Van Gaal retained hope that his team could still challenge for the championship.

"The title is not definitely gone because we can still win 15 points."

A desperate statement coming out of anyone else's lips, but not the determined, resolute mouth of Van Gaal.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch