Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said his players are frustrated at the club’s current situation but is looking at the positives after his side beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the FA Cup.
A late Wayne Rooney penalty gave the Red Devils a reprieve and put them in the hat for the fourth round of the domestic competition.
However, an unsparing performance against a side in League One continued the collective feeling of woe around Old Trafford.
The experienced Dutch coach refused to yield to questions about his team’s plight and instead admitted that his players are frustrated, while taking the positives from victory.
“It’s also frustrating for the players and frustrating for the staff because we are seeing this match,” he told the club’s official website.
“They are wasting time. The referee is doing well, I think, in the first half there were three minutes’ injury time and, in the second, also extra minutes. He cannot do more.
“It is like that – they are coming here to frustrate us. Everyone can see it’s very difficult to disrupt them but, at the end, Manchester United have won for the second time in a row.”
United fans are growing increasingly annoyed with their side after poor performances and a lack of attacking intent under Van Gaal.
The club were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage and face a battle to finish in the top four this season.