Manchester United managed to rescue a point against West Brom in an exciting match that took place at the Hawthornes.
Daley Blind’s late goal rescued a point for the visitors but could not end their winless run away from home under Louis van Gaal. United came back into the game twice but could only take a point from the game. Stephane Sessegnon fired a stunning opener as early as the 8th minute from a delicious looking counter-attack. He was set up by Liverpool’s on-loan defender Andre Wisdom.
Half-time substitute Marouane Fellaini levelled within minutes of coming on after the half-time break. He scored from an incredibly worthy effort and gave United the much needed momentum in the second half. Saido Berahino continued his great personal goal tally and restored the home advantage with a wonderful finish. Three minutes before the end, Daley Blind scored and gave the visitors something to take home.
Manager Louis van Gaal was clearly disappointed after the game.
“I’m disappointed because we played our best match of the season and the result is not good enough,” he said
“We could have won but that does not count in our world. I have to be happy because we created lots of chances and West Brom only had two chances. We gave it away which is a pity because we could have had a new start if we had won today.
And we gave the two goals away. I think we dominated the game – that’s what I want as a coach, as a manager – but the manager doesn’t want a result like 2-2. I said that to my players, I cannot be happy.”
“There were individual errors and they were forced because West Brom were playing more narrow in midfield and we had to push up.”
Van Gaal refused to concede that he needs to sacrifice some attacking flair to make the team more solid.
“I don’t think that is the solution,” he said. “I have already explained that a lot of times. It was two errors [against Albion]. And also in the past, because I think we could have eight points more and then we are up [the table].”
Manchester United face Chelsea and Manchester City in the next two games, then take on Crystal Palace and then face Arsenal. Its going to be a tough run of fixtures and van Gaal knows that its not going to be easy. He said, “Now we have to play against Chelsea. In the Netherlands they say that is another cookie, another biscuit. It is another level and we have to see if we can beat them.”
He also said that his side could catch up with league leaders Chelsea who are currently 10 points ahead in the table. He said, “That’s possible but it is difficult to say because I am then arrogant. But I have done it a lot of times.”