April 19, 2015 08:27:57 UK
Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal felt his side had given their best performance of the season in their narrow 1-0 defeat at champions-elect Chelsea.
An Eden Hazard goal shortly before half-time proved decisive at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues moved ever closer to clinching the Premier League title.
We are in a process, but you have seen my team is always growing, improving every week.
Louis van Gaal
But, while Van Gaal was perhaps frustrated by the result, he was far from downhearted with the display of his side overall.
He told reporters: “I am not frustrated I am proud. Why should I be frustrated? In my opinion it was the best performance we have had this season.
“We were not effective, because we have created, despite the defensive organisation of Chelsea, three chances in the first half and eight in the second half.
“That is unbelievably good. We were the dominant team on the pitch, but we lose. Everything is the result.
“We are in a process, but you have seen my team is always growing, improving every week. It’s amazing how we have played here – it’s unbelievable that the result is 1-0, but that’s football.”
United are now 11 points adrift of Chelsea, who are 1.006 to be crowned champions, with Arsenal 34.00 and the Red Devils 351.00.
Meanwhile, United skipper Wayne Rooney, forced into a deeper midfield role against Chelsea due to injuries, was also upbeat about his side, who he believes are improving all the time.
He added: “That’s probably the best performance of the season against the champions-in-waiting, so we can go away from here with our heads held high.”
Next up for Rooney is a return to former club Everton next Sunday, with the Toffees in form after a run of four wins and a draw in their last five league games.
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