LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Louis Van Gaal said Manchester United's performance in Tuesday night's scoreless draw against Inter Milan was better than each of his team's previous preseason games.
It was a revealing comment when it comes to the coach's priorities.
Darren Fletcher converted the decisive fifth penalty opportunity in Manchester United's victory over Inter Milan in the second game for both teams in the International Champions Cup.
United outscored its opponents 10-2 in its previous two matches, but Van Gaal took more pleasure in allowing Inter only one shot on goal.
"I'm very pleased," said Van Gaal, who takes over United after it finished an embarrassing seventh last season in the Premier League. "We created I think six (or) seven chances, so then it is seven against one, and I was very pleased with our ball possession. It was much better than the other matches."
Marco Andreolli struck the crossbar on Inter's fourth penalty kick, the only miss of nine attempts.
Inter defeated Real Madrid on penalties Saturday before losing this match between traditional European powers looking to rebound from sub-par seasons.
Manchester United defeated AS Roma 3-2 in its first Champions Cup match Saturday, but allowed two late goals after going ahead 3-0. United also thumped Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in a friendly last Wednesday.
It generated several quality chances Tuesday, coming closest to scoring when Samir Handanovic made a diving stop on Jonny Evans' header in the 11th minute.
Following the offseason departures of defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, with the latter now playing for Inter, the shutout against quality opposition outweighed any wasteful finishing.
"We have to wait and see if we can do that in more matches like today," Van Gaal said. "We are looking for defenders because a lot of defenders have gone and then we have to replace them. But I like also (current players) Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett."
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