Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has furiously blamed his team’s exit from the UEFA Champions League on referees.
The Red Devils were defeated 3-2 by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in Germany and with PSV Eindhoven also winning against CSKA Moscow, the three-time winners were eliminated from the competition.
Now, the Dutchman claims that he does not understand why his team defended poorly but went on to lay the blames of their exit on referees decisions against them throughout the competition and especially against Wolfsburg where a Jesse Lingard goal was controversially ruled offside when the assistant referee thought Juan Mata interfered.
The Dutchman told reporters: “The result is difficult to understand. I am happy we have scored and not happy we have two times in two minutes given the goal away. I have to analyse why that is happening. Normally we are very good in that aspect.
“I have said in advance that this is a tight group and you see that in the results that we have made – and also our competitors.
“I have to say that we were not so lucky in a match today, with the decision of the referee, and also in the first match too. When the group is tight that kind of decision can decide whether you go through or not.”
Manchester United finished third in Group B which means they drop into the Europa League.