LIVERPOOL. — Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said his team had been simply overwhelmed by Liverpool’s high pressing during their one-sided 2-0 Europa League defeat at a raucous Anfield on Thursday night.
Daniel Sturridge, with a penalty, and Roberto Firmino scored as Liverpool claimed a deserved win on Thursday, and the hosts might have put the last 16 tie to bed had it not been for United goalkeeper David de Gea.Ex-United players Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand, analysing the game for BT Sport, delivered stinging criticisms of their old team’s display — the former branding it “shambolic” — and Van Gaal conceded his side had struggled with the Liverpool’s intensity.
“I have seen we did not cope with the pressure, the high pressure of Liverpool,” Van Gaal told his post-match Press conference. — AFP.