Louis van Gaal was happy to take the blame as his Manchester United reign started with a shock home defeat.
Ki Sung-Yueng and a late Gylfi Sigurdsson strike cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s leveller to stun Old Trafford and leave the Dutchman, taking charge for the first time, smarting.
And with fans reminded of last year’s dismal campaign the new boss admitted to start in such fashion was a blow.
“It is very disappointing that we have lost our first home match,” he said. “We didn’t reach the level we can play at.
is disappointing because we have done it much better and when you
cannot do it in your first home match that is disappointing, especially
for the fans.
“We were very nervous in first half, made the wrong
choices and that is a pity. In the second half we never played as a
team, therefore I’m responsible.”
United struggled to create clear cut openings in the final third while at the other end looked decidedly shaky defensively.
While he was happy with the amount of chances created Van Gaal had no qualms with the end result.
had more chances than Swansea but that shall say nothing about the
result,” he added. “It is the goals that count. I thought we would win
[at 1-1] but because we are not playing as a team in the second half we
made the wrong decisions going forward.
“My players did their utmost best, which I said in the dressing room, but you also need to play as a team and reach your level.”