Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has blamed his sides exit from the Europa League on missed opportunities against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils lost 3-1 on aggregate to the Merseysiders outfit after failing to overturn a 2-0 first leg victory.
“It is very disappointing because we had the chance – that’s the feeling in the dressing room,” Louis van Gaal told the club’s official website.
“We created enough chances – [Jesse] Lingard missed with his head, [Juan] Mata from eight metres, [Anthony] Martial also, but the way we conceded that goal, in the last seconds of the first half… If we didn’t concede that goal, it was possible.
“In the second half, we also had chances – [Marouane] Fellaini with his head, with his foot. But you have to score three goals and that’s not too easy.”
The former Barcelona manager reserved special praise for Liverpool’s goalscorer on the night Philippe Coutinho who produced a brilliant solo goal to cancel out Anthony Martial’s opener.
“You have to give credit to [Philippe] Coutinho. It was a fantastic action. We can also say that we had fantastic actions but you also need a little bit of luck.
“But when you say that too much as a manager it’s not good. We were 1-0 ahead and we created a lot of chances to be 2-0 already, then we conceded a goal. We didn’t score there so it is then very difficult.
“The difference in the dressing room was big – Liverpool were relieved, I think, because we played the same way they played in the first half at Anfield.”
Manchester United are likely to finish the current season trophyless as they’ve been knocked out from every Cup competition and sit in sixth position on the premier league log, 16 points behind league leaders Leicester City with just eight games left.