Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insisted that the English Premier League title race is not over, despite his side’s 1-0 league loss to league-leaders Chelsea.
Winger Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game in the Saturday clash between the two English top flight giants, and wins against Arsenal and Leicester City in their next two games for the Blues will see them win their first league title in five years.
United are 11 points behind Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea with five games left to play, but Van Gaal believes people can’t say the trophy is going to Stamford Bridge yet.
“It is not definitely gone because we can still win 15 points and they can still lose 18 points,” he said.
“The main goal is that we are progressing as a team and we have done that today.
“We were the dominant team on the pitch but we lost. In football, the result is everything.
“We also need results in football. It is not always the best team that wins.”
United enjoyed almost 70 percent of possession in their 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, but struggled to create chances as the hosts frustrated their opponents.
With a loss a disappointment for the Dutch boss, Van Gaal admitted he was very pleased with how his side kept the ball for large periods of the game.
He said: “It is the best I have seen of my team this season.
“I’m very disappointed with the result.
“We have created. In the second half we created eight (chances) and Chelsea three, that is unbelievably good.
“I have said to the boys that we make an improvement every week, a step forward, and that is the most important thing.
“Of course we are not the champions – I did not expect that, our goals were also lower.”