Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has criticized his strikers for costing his team the chance to reach the quarter-final of the League Cup.
Manchester United drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough at Old Trafford before losing on penalties – Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missing.
“We are very disappointed. We could have finished so many of our chances so easily, and we didn’t do it, so it’s very disappointing.
We have to solve this problem. Against Manchester City, we had more chances than City and we have to finish one of those chances. We didn’t create so much against City as we did today but we have to finish.
“A lot of players were in finishing circumstances and didn’t do it. Not one player but more players so that’s a little bit frustrating. But it’s like that and we have to continue.
“Last year, we were out of this cup already, in the first match, 4-0 [lost to Milton Keynes Dons]. Now we are in the final 16 and we had to win. But, okay, we were not lucky.
“I have to say you have to force the luck. Against Manchester City, we were also not lucky but I cannot repeat that every week that we’re not lucky. You have to force the luck.” Van Gaal told the Manchester United website.
The Dutch coach however remains positive ahead of the clash against Crystal Palace this weekend. Manchester United have not scored at home since Chris Smalling’s winner against Wolfsburg on 30 September or 247 minutes of football.