Van Gaal fury over 'bad' performance

Memphis Depay displaying poise and control during the first half of Manchester United's 3-1 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium, California on Tuesday. Depay, who moved to Old Trafford last month, took only four minutes to open
Memphis Depay displaying poise and control during the first half of Manchester United's 3-1 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium, California on Tuesday. Depay, who moved to Old Trafford last month, took only four minutes to open his tally for his new club.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SAN JOSE (California) • Memphis Depay opened his goal-scoring account for Manchester United on Tuesday as the English Premier League giants eased to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

But fellow new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger had a day to forget as manager Louis van Gaal described the former Bayern Munich star's performance as "bad". And the midfielder was not the only one to be criticised.

Van Gaal was furious at the performance of his team after the break when he made 10 changes, including the introduction of Schweinsteiger.

"The first half I was satisfied - the players have performed what we wanted in the defensive organisation, and they have created a lot of chances, 10, and they scored two goals so I was satisfied," said the United boss. "But the second half I thought we played very bad - a lot of ball losses, very unnecessary. The only highlight was the goal from (Andreas) Pereira."

Asked to assess the performance of Schweinsteiger, the United boss replied: "He was also bad."

But the Dutchman said that he will give the German World Cup winner time to settle in following his £14 million (S$29.9 million) move from Bayern Munich.

"Players can play bad, certainly when you have only three days or six days training session in your legs and you have to play 45 minutes," he added.

Van Gaal, however, would have drawn encouragement from the display of Depay, who completed a £25 million move to Old Trafford last month.

It took the ex-PSV Eindhoven forward just four minutes to test the San Jose goalkeeper. Depay broke forward menacingly before whipping in a low shot which was parried clear by David Bingham.

United opened the scoring on 32 minutes when Ashley Young fed Juan Mata, who cut into the penalty area and chipped across goal to beat Bingham off the far post.

Five minutes later, United were 2-0 up when Depay, by far the sharpest of United's attackers on display, pounced on a poor back pass by Jean Baptist Pierazzi to coolly tuck away his finish.

A largely trouble-free opening 45 minutes for United was blotted shortly before half-time when San Jose pulled a goal back through Fatai Alashe.

Shea Salinas embarrassed Morgan Schneiderlin down the right flank, feinting past the midfielder far too easily.

He picked out Alashe with a low cross to finish past United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Pereira restored the two-goal advantage on 61 minutes. England Under-21 international Jesse Lingard chipped in a pinpoint cross from the right flank and the Brazilian youngster lost his marker to steer home past Bingham.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2015, with the headline 'Van Gaal fury over 'bad' performance'. Print Edition | Subscribe