Van Gaal happy with performance against West Brom but frustrated with individual errors

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal believes the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion was his side’s ‘best match of the season’ despite not walking away with the three points.

Given that United won their last three home games, including a win against a resilient Everton side and a 4-0 thrashing of QPR, Van Gaal was adamant his side were unlucky not to win the game at The Hawthorns.

“I’m disappointed because we played our best match of the season and the result is not good enough,” said van Gaal.

“We could have won but that does not count in our world.”

Van Gaal saw his side dominate possession throughout an encounter that saw the home side profit from two defensive errors. As opposed to the nerves that spread throughout the defensive unit earlier in the season, it appears individual errors are currently the side’s downfall but the boss was positive about the performance.

He added: “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.

“There were individual errors and they were forced because West Brom were playing more narrow in midfield and we had to push up.”

United’s next two games are against table toppers Chelsea and Manchester City, so Van Gaal will need his defence not only working as a unit but to make sure they eradicate the individual errors that lead to West Brom’s two goals.

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