James McCarthy gave Everton an early lead in the Super Sunday clash, capitalising on some lacklustre United defending, before goals from John Stones and Kevin Mirallas condemned Van Gaal???s side to their second straight defeat.
United had chances to get back into the game, but for the second consecutive match, they could not get on the scoresheet, much to Van Gaal’s frustration.
“You shall always be compared with your opponent in aggression and motivation and Everton really wanted to win this game, and I don’t think we equalled it,” Van Gaal said.
“The fighting spirit of Everton was higher, and when they scored the first goal it became difficult for us.
“In phases we played well, and created chances, but I did not see the belief that I have seen when we were behind in matches.
“We need that aggression and a little bit of luck.
“It is of concern that we have not scored for two games in a row.”
McCarthy’s goal particularly irked Van Gaal, as United committed too many men forward and were not forceful enough in the tackle.
“We lost three duels in a row, and that was the first goal,” Van Gaal added.
“You cannot start a game like that.
“When you are 1-0 ahead, you can defend how Everton and Chelsea [United’s last opponent] did.
“You play compact and have a lot of players behind the ball.
“In the second-half we didn’t create as many chances.
“It is very important that you score a goal, and get belief from that.”