Manchester United produced 'performance of the season', claims Louis van Gaal despite draw against Tottenham

United held 0-0 at White Hart Lane

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was frustrated by his side's failure to capitalise on their "best performance" of the season in the first half as they drew 0-0 at Tottenham.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris produced a string of fine saves to keep out the visitors in north London.

Van Gaal claimed a draw was not a fair result, telling BT Sport 1: "We lost two points I think.

"We had the best performance of Manchester United this season in the first half. We could have scored four or five goals and we didn't reward ourselves.

"In the second half it was more a struggle than football I think.

"The players couldn't recover in two days, it was an ugly match.

"In the first half we played very well, but if you don't score goals you cannot win."

The Dutchman admitted the draw was a missed opportunity, adding: "The first half was a fantastic half of ours. Then you have to finish the attacks and we were not so effective today."

And he criticised the schedule, with two matches in 48 hours.

"It's the culture of England, but I think the human body cannot recover in 48 hours so good," he said.

 

Asked if he was satisfied with the progress of his side so far, Van Gaal, who refused to talk about possible transfer targets in January, said: "I would have been satisfied if we had won today."

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