Louis van Gaal says his side were ‘mentally tired’ in FA Cup stalemate

"They were mentally tired after Liverpool"

Louis van Gaal says his side were ‘mentally tired’ in FA Cup stalemate

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Glen Laidlaw

March 14th, 2016

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has stated that he is happy with the outcome of the weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with West Ham at Old Trafford, claiming that the Red Devils were mentally fatigued.

United’s Anthony Martial earned for his side a replay after he cancelled out a goal from Dimitri Payet, the Frenchman scoring in the second half with a stunning free kick.

Despite failing to go through to the semi-finals of the competition at the first time of asking, Van Gaal maintains that he is more than happy with the outcome, given that his side were given little time to recover following their 2-0 midweek defeat to Liverpool in the Europa League.

“West Ham were the better team before they scored but then we created chances too,” he said to BBC Sport. “It was a fantastic free kick.

“We have played a game against Liverpool on Thursday and they had the whole week to prepare and we could come back and show a big revival. I have to give a lot of compliments to my team.

“They were mentally tired after Liverpool and also in the body. It was a fantastic match between two good sides and I am very happy that my team showed their spirit after a nasty week.”

The Red Devils have a tough task ahead of them on Thursday evening when they attempt to claw their way back from a 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League last-sixteen tie.

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