Louis van Gaal: 'We learned free kick from FC Midtjylland'

Van Gaal: 'We learned free kick'
© Getty Images
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that his team "learned" their free-kick routine against Shrewsbury Town from Thursday's Europa League opponents FC Midtjylland.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that his team "learned" their free-kick routine against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup from Thursday's Europa League opponents FC Midtjylland.

The Red Devils booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over League One side Shrewsbury on Monday night, but there was a touch of controversy about their second goal, which came from a Juan Mata free kick at the end of the first period.

Three Man United players were in offside positions when Mata made contact with the dead-ball, and Van Gaal has claimed that his side learned the technique from Midtjylland last week.

"We have learned because we analysed FC Midtjylland and we saw they were doing that. We thought it was always offside so we asked the referees and they said it's not offside, you can do that," Van Gaal told BT Sport. "That's why we have learned about the taking of the free kicks. Today we scored and that's good."

Man United will welcome Midtjylland for the second leg of their last-32 clash on Thursday currently trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Denmark.

Louis van Gaal during the FA Cup game between Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United on February 22, 2016
Read Next:
LVG "satisfied" with FA Cup progression
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1211104073334
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd128222762126
3Chelsea1281323101325
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs127232091123
5Liverpool126422417722
6Arsenal127142216622
7Burnley12642129322
8Watford125341921-218
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton114341111015
10Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12435817-915
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124261114-314
12Leicester CityLeicester123451618-213
13Bournemouth124171114-313
14Southampton12345914-513
15Stoke CityStoke113351322-912
16Everton123361224-1212
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom12246918-910
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham122371125-149
19Swansea CitySwansea12228715-88
20Crystal Palace12129624-185
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand