Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted in The Sun that he could not understand the comments made by Louis van Gaal about losing Sunday’s game in pre-match warm-up.
Manchester United suffered a 3-0 defeat to Everton away from home at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.
Following the match, boss Van Gaal told BBC Sport: “I had the feeling; the warm-up was not so good. In the last minutes before the game you hope you can recover and stimulate your players but then it is too late.”
Former Arsenal striker Wright has admitted his confusion as to what the Dutchman was getting at, and hinted that perhaps the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss was trying to protect himself from criticism.
“I’ve never heard anything like that from a manager, and I’m at a loss to understand what he was getting at,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun. “What can you see in a pre-match warm-up that makes you think things aren’t right?”
“Or was it a way of deflecting criticism away from himself and onto the players?” added Wright. “Yes, the players have to be professional in their approach, but it’s his responsibility to get them out there in the right frame of mind.”
Like Wright, many will find it strange that Van Gaal realised that United were going to lose even before the game had handed.
The key question is why the United boss did not do anything about it if indeed he knew that his team were going to lose. Or maybe he tried and failed?
United have looked good in recent weeks, and the 3-0 hammering at the hands of Merseyside outfit Everton will have come as a huge disappointment.
Roberto Martinez’s side were the better team, and they deserved to win the Premier League encounter.