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Louis Van Gaal is left to lament Manchester United's lack of a cutting edge

By Robert Jones

Louis van Gaal was left bitterly frustrated by Manchester United's wasteful finishing during their 2-1 Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven.

United enjoyed 67 per cent possession, 17 shots and nine corners, but mustered just one goal against the Dutch champions.

Van Gaal was upset at his side's host of missed opportunities.

"It's the same as the game against Swansea," he said afterwards. "We are dominating the game, we are creating chances but we are not finishing.

"And then the first chance they had, from a corner kick, they scored. It completely deviated the game.

"For the second goal, we were only attacking and then we lost the ball in the first phase and they scored.

"It's fantastic for PSV, but for us it's very bad."

Regarding the tackle by Hector Moreno which saw Luke Shaw suffer a double leg break, the United boss added: "It is awful.

"The boy is in his second season here and he has been playing fantastically well.

"And now this happens. He had the oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room. You must judge for yourself.

"If I say it was a penalty and a red card then I am a bad loser. It was a very bad tackle.

"What can I say as a manager? When I say it's a red card and a penalty then I'm a bad loser, so you will have to decide for yourself."

Defender Chris Smalling wished team-mate Shaw a speedy recovery.

The England international, who played the full 90 minutes, said: "I didn't see it first-hand but I know that a few of the players did witness it. It's a very sad time and we wish him a quick recovery."

Smalling also rued his side's missed chances on a "disappointing" night.

He added: "We needed that cutting edge in the final third, in the box, to try to make more of our possession.

"But I think in the first-half they scored from their only chance.

"They punished us with their main two chances so it's a very disappointing night.

"We scored a good goal and couldn't really kick on from that and we've got a lot to learn to make sure we bounce back on Sunday (against Southampton)."

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