Wayne Rooney took consolation in defeat after Manchester United's performance in the 1-0 loss at Chelsea, claiming he's never seen the Blues dominated so badly.
Injury-depleted United slipped to defeat despite enjoying the better of much of the play against the Premier League leaders, who are now 11 points clear of the third-placed Red Devils.
Yet the visitors' performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has given Rooney and Van Gaal cause for optimism.
We can take great confidence from this result as I've rarely seen a team come to Stamford Bridge and dominate so much, all that was missing was a goal.
On another day we could have scored two or three goals, but it wasn't to be. We have to move on now and look forward to facing Everton next weekend.
Man United captain Wayne Rooney admits he and his England team-mates were upset by the sloppy, uninspired way they started in Italy on Tuesday night.
Nine months on from meeting at the World Cup, the Three Lions faced the Azzurri once more in a glamour friendly at the Juventus Stadium.
Hopes were high after seven straight wins but Roy Hodgson's men struggled in the first half, deservedly falling behind to a Graziano Pelle header in Turin.
However, half-time brought with it renewed enthusiasm and England dominated the second period, levelling in style through Andros Townsend and going close to turning a 1-1 into an away triumph.
We have (moved on from the World Cup) and I think that's why we were so disappointed with the first half.
We know we're better than that. Even though we had a lot of changes, we know we are a better team than what we showed first half.
We were upset, I'll be honest, in the dressing room after the first half. Everyone was upset with the way we performed.
England captain Wayne Rooney has praised the influence of Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick in the draw with Italy.
The midfielder replaced Chris Smalling in the first-half and was instrumental in bringing England back in the game.
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"First of all, the season Harry Kane has had is incredible. His first year in the Premier League, the goals he has scored and his performances mean he has deserved his call-up," the Manchester United forward said.
"He is a finisher, as we saw against Leicester. It is great for English football to have someone performing like he is."
Man United striker Wayne Rooney has started insulting the club's Spanish players in their own language, according to Ander Herrera.
In a lengthy interview with El Pais, the former Athletic star joked about focusing on football with Rooney because he doesn't want the boxing enthusiast to get his own back with his fists.
Herrera has started to establish himself in Louis van Gaal's side and also took time to praise fellow Red Devils midfielder Micahel Carrick for the England player's subtle leadership qualities.
Rooney is good fun because he's very open and often insults us in Spanish, but I prefer to talk football with him because he enjoys boxing a lot and I'm not sure if he would try it on me.
Carrick is very serious but he proves another Bielsa saying: 'Leaders don't need to talk much, but they're listened to when they do speak.
As well as fancying himself as a boxer, Wayne Rooney believes he is the finest singer at Manchester United.
Rooney was subjected to an unwanted set of headlines on Sunday after apparently being knocked out by Phil Bardsley during a sparring session in the kitchen of his Cheshire mansion.
Rooney took part in a 'Chevrolet FC hosts Man Utd in Google+ Hangout' on Monday, which was full of light-hearted exchanges and made no mention of his boxing.
When Rooney, who was sitting between Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera and apparently at Old Trafford, was asked who the best singer is at the club, he replied: "Probably me.
"Over Christmas a few of the players got up and did a few songs. Quite good some of them. Michael's not bad."
Herrera said of Carrick: "He's humble, but he's the best."
The host then asked Rooney what songs he liked to sing.
"Opera," Rooney said, before adding: "Only joking. I like to sing a bit of indie rock."
Wayne Rooney poked fun at himself by falling over as if on the end of a knockout blow after scoring in Man Utd's 3-0 win over Spurs, then said he had no idea how a video taken in his home had found its way to the front pages.
The clip emerged earlier on Sunday showing the England captain being apparently knocked out in his kitchen by former Man Utd team-mate Phil Bardsley during a sparring session.
"That's the world we live in today. It was a few mates in a private house, which has somehow managed to go front page of a national newspaper… it was me and a few friends joking about," Rooney told Sky Sports.
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