Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal takes his seat before their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England December 8, 2014.
Louis van Gaal REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is disappointed with the 1-1 result obtained at Villa Park on Saturday.

The Red Devils conceded in only 18 minutes after kick-off, with Christian Benteke delivering a curling ball to the top-right corner, leaving David de Gea helpless. They were able to get back on level terms in the second-half, courtesy of a Radamel Falcao header, but failed to take advantage of a man-less Aston Villa after Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off in the 65th minute.

Before the said result, United were only five points behind second-placed Manchester City, which isn't the case anymore as the Sky Blues extended their lead to seven points after thrashing Queens Park Rangers.

"When you want to be a part of the title race, you have to win these games," said Van Gaal.

"I saw Manchester City's first half against Crystal Palace, they struggled but 3-0, that is the difference."

"We dropped two points. We were the better team and that's frustrating when you're the better team and you don't win these kind of games."

Despite dominating possession (65%), LVG's charges weren't as effective in front of goal, only converting one of their 16 total shots.

"We kept the ball well in the first half but we did nothing with the ball," he added.

"You have to be creative and effective with the ball - we didn't do that."

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