Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that his team are on schedule in The Champions League after a pretty stale draw on Wednesday night.
Good performances count for nothing if you lose so Manchester United can take heart from the fact that they took what could turn out to be an invaluable point from a freezing Moscow after a very uninspiring performance.
But the speed of play simply isn’t fast enough right now for Manchester United and Van Gaal alluded to this as well as implying that he was satisfied with the result.
“We are very strong at home and I hope we can win these games so we are nearly qualified or qualified,” he said.
“We are on schedule after the PSV defeat, which was strange for us.”
Of the style of play employed by Manchester United, he said:
“It was too slow in my opinion, and that’s what I said at half-time – that we have to improve in switching the game from side to side.
“We have done that better in the second half, we created more chances, but in the end it is deserved draw.”
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There is an air of caution in the play which many Manchester United fans aren’t accustomed to or happy with.
Indeed, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was quoted as saying of the game against CSKA:
“You look at the United team, there is no quality, no movement. People are not running.”
It’s all a far cry from the bewitching teams of Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious era in charge of the club and you do feel that Manchester United will have to improve their performances levels considerably if they want to take all three points in the derby against an in form Manchester City on Sunday.