Date:Sunday August 17 2014
Both managers shared opposite views of their own teams as Swansea City beat Manchester United 2-1 on the opening day of the season.
Garry Monk said his side's teamwork was key to the victory, as Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the vital winner, with 18 minutes to play after Rooney cancelled out Ki's first half opener.
In contrast, new manager Louis van Gaal admitted his players failed to play as a team, and nervousness also contributed to their defeat.
'It is very disappointing that we have lost our first home match. We didn't reach the level we can play at. That is disappointing because we have done it much better and when you cannot do it in your first home match that is disappointing, especially for the fans.'
'We were very nervous in first half, made the wrong choices and that is a pity. In the second half we never played as a team, therefore, I'm responsible.'
'We had more chances than Swansea but that shall say nothing about the result. It is the goals that count. I thought we would win [at 1-1] but because we are not playing as a team in the second half we made the wrong decisions going forward.'
'My players did their utmost best, which I said in the dressing room, but you also need to play as a team and reach your level.'
Meanwhile, Garry Monk said:
"I`m very happy with the three points. The key was coming together as a group and working hard for each other.
"To a man, everyone was focused and together. It would be unfair to single out one player.
"Throughout pre-season, we worked hard to put in place a structure that allowed us to adapt to different formations. It was very pleasing that, for most of the game, we managed to do that.
Monk now says that his Swansea City side can improve on their opening day winning performance, he added:
'Nobody gave us a chance before the game, but we can be better than that,'
'We can be sharper and improve in certain areas, but today we were right in many aspects, and we got the right result.
'I'm very pleased overall. We were very good today and showed a great attitude. Hopefully we can have more days like this.'
Date:Sunday August 17 2014
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