PSV coach Phillip Cocu has admitted that some of his players were disappointed with only securing a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. 

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cocu psv manPhillip Cocu declared himself “very excited” after PSV significantly boosted their hopes of Champions League progression with a 0-0 draw at Manchester United.

A defensive masterpiece earned the Eredivisie champions a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with the Eindhoven club even having a few chances near the end to sneak a win. Victory at home to CSKA Moscow in the final round of Group B fixtures will secure a spot for the Eredivisie champions in the last 16.

“That is not the kind of atmosphere to go and get and expect to get even a point, my boys gave their best shot,” he acknowledged.

“I’ve enjoyed our tactical play, our attitude and our way of playing overall. We have to keep calm and prepare for the final match.

“United was searching for a way to attack us. Some of our players were even a bit disappointed about the result.

“They wanted to win. For me, a draw is fine. We have a lot of chances to play for in the next game. I am very proud.”

PSV were particularly impressive towards the end of the game, with Cocu suggesting his own tactical intervention after United introduced Marouane Fellaini proved decisive.

He added: “We were tactically prepared against the switch that Man Utd made.

“When [Wayne] Rooney went to play very deep in the pitch and Fellaini came in, I opted to play with Isimat Mirin. From that point we controlled the game very well,”

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