Sunday, 24th August, 2014

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned his side conceding too many set-pieces against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

Van Gaal saw his side take the lead against the Black Cats when Juan Mata struck in the 17th minute. However, they were quickly pegged back when Jack Rodwell headed Sunderland level on the half-hour mark, from a set-piece.

That was something which particularly annoyed Van Gaal, especially as he had warned his side before the match against giving away free kicks to Sunderland.

Van Gaal told Sky Sports post match: "I think that in the first half we played an equal match with Sunderland.


"We don't create so much, but out of the first chance I think we scored.


"But then we have already warned the players that you don't have to give set-pieces away and we gave a lot of set-pieces away – and they scored from a set-piece.

"So that's disappointing."

Van Gaal admits he was happy with his side's second half display, but believes they lacked the final killer ball to open the Black Cats up.

"In the second half we played much better, but we have to create much more.

"In the last third we lack a creative pass."

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