Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that his side's warm up wasn't right before the Red Devils suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park yesterday.
In fact, as reported by the Daily Mail, the United boss claims that his colleagues Ryan Giggs and Albert Stuivenberg had the same feeling ahead of the showdown.
Ultimately, despite having produced a number of good performances of late, the Red Devils were abysmal on Merseyside as they were well beaten by Roberto Martinez's side.
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As well as admitting that the warm up didn't go to plan, the United boss claimed that it was the first time he had seen his side lack motivation, insisting that Everton were more up for the challenge.
Lack of motivation
Speaking after the defeat, the Dutch boss told reporters: "When you have a lot of time on the ball, you can lose the ball also easily and then you have to be very sharp in the duels that counts. When you see the goal after four minutes, three duels in a row we lost and that is an example.
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"This is the first time that I have seen that our motivation, inspiration and aggression was not so high as the opponent and in sport you shall always be compared to your opponent and that was the reason (we lost).
"I had already the feeling and my colleagues, Ryan and Albert, had the feeling because the warm up was not so good as usual. Then you say that in the last minutes before the game, you hope you can recover and stimulate your players but by then it is too late.
"You have to prepare the match already two or three days before and Everton has done that and they have won because of that In the first half we created a lot of chances, five I think, but we never scored. When you see the shots on the goal it is also without conviction. That is not good."
Van Gaal, then, will no doubt be expecting a response from his players in training this week ahead of Saturday's home clash with West Brom.
All to play for
Despite Liverpool's disappointing result this past weekend, the Reds may now feel that they're still in with a chance of securing Champions League qualification for next season.
Ultimately, if Liverpool win all of their remaining fixtures, then United will have to win three of their last four games to confirm their place in the top four.
It's crucial the Red Devils find some motivation in the immediate future, as they're certainly not guaranteed of a place in next year's Champions League competition just yet. They must improve significantly against West Brom this weekend or face a nervy run in.
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