Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United did not deserve to beat Crystal Palace

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that his side did not deserve to beat Crystal Palace, having looked un-exciting again in a 0-0 draw with the Eagles.

Van Gaal is coming under scrutiny for consistently poor and dull performances over the past few weeks, with United getting three consecutive 0-0 results for the first time in 10 years.

Van Gaal says he's unhappy at ball possession

The Dutch manager has certainly improved Man United but his 'philosophy' appears to be contrasting to the style of play wished for from the United fans.

Van Gaal says that the "the main factor today was that we didn't keep the ball" and that is his complaint to his team because he "cannot complain about the result."

United remain in the top four of the Premier League despite dropping points at Selhurst Park so wishes to see Van Gaal sacked are perhaps premature. However, the recent performances, including a 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Arsenal, have been disappointing.

"We have had chances that we could have finished but when you're not creating many chances you can't complain."

Van Gaal disappointed with number of chances created

Wayne Rooney was beaten to the ball by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey despite being massively closer as it was played through by Anthony Martial. Yet Van Gaal did not mention Rooney, not wishing to slate his captain who he has still yet to drop from the starting eleven in the league.

United started the worse side before growing into the game and looking near to scoring at the end of the first half. "In the second half Palace had more aggression" while United "didn't develop possession and create chances."

Van Gaal admitted that "United were not better than Palace today, I'm experienced and know that we must recover."

United face CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening in the fourth UEFA Champions League group game, where they'll be hoping to get a win, lying second in the group level with CSKA on four points.