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The Dutchman says he could not have
anticipated his side's dreadful start to their 3-0
loss at Arsenal.

Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United's
under-par first-half performance against
Arsenal on Sunday came as a big surprise to

United were beaten 3-0 by Arsene Wenger's
side, with all three goals coming in the first 20
minutes through Alexis Sanchez (2) and Mesut

And following the defeat, which sees United
drop to third place in the Premier League table,
the Dutchman railed against the idea that the
performance had been on the cards.

"We didn't expect it. We were top of the league
and won our last four matches - we had to
protect our position. But it was always possible
this could happen against Arsenal," Van Gaal
told Sky Sports. "We started without emotion -
that’s hard to understand. We have to look for

"When you start like that you can never win a
game. We lost every duel, every second ball.
We were not tight on their midfielders. They can
play. They are a fantastic team. I said in
advance that when you give them space it'll be
difficult. At 2-0 after five minutes it is even
more difficult."
Asked if he had any answers for his side's
shoddy start, Van Gaal added that he will have
to speak with his side.

"I’m looking for [answers]. I never have seen
this of my team before. That is the question I
need to put to my players. You have to see the

"It was not only one player. Then I can take
measure. But it was more than half my team
that was not doing what we had agreed in our
game plan."

"The biggest concern is that the players are
now flying out from London to their national
teams. We cannot prepare properly for Everton.
You have to wait to see now if they are fit to
play but also if they are mentally fit to play."

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