West Brom 2-2 Manchester United as it happened
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- West Brom 2-2 Man UtdPosted atI'm not so sure, Peter. Who knows? It will most certainly be a quality game. That's your lot from us tonight, but we'll be back tomorrow for some Champions League football.And don't be caught out by the early start - Manchester City's game in Russia kicks off at 17:00 BST.Until then, goodnight.
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- Manchester United equal their Premier League club record from 1996, by remaining winless in six successive away matches and have drawn four of their last five away matches in the PL (W0-D4-L1).
- Angel Di Maria provided the assist for Marouane Fellaini - he has now provided 18 assists in league matches in 2014, which is four more than any other player from all of France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and England's top leagues (Messi and Tadic both have 14).
- Daley Blind's goal came in the 87th minute - United's previous latest goal in a PL match this season was in the 62nd minute (Falcao against Everton).
Player reactionWest Brom 2-2 Man UtdPosted atManchester United goalscorer Marouane Fellaini speaking to BBC Sport after the game: "I don't think it was a good result for us because the next two games will be difficult. The manager asked me to put pressure on the box and to keep fighting. I did and I managed to score."In the second half, the style was more aggressive and we looked better. I have waited a long time to score my first goal and I hope to score more goals for Manchester United."We offered too much space in defence but next week is a big game and we have to learn to focus for the whole game. We know we have a problem with the balance between defence and attack but we play and train all day to get better. It is a big game for us (against Chelsea) and we have to win. I am determined to get things right - that's why we play football."
Manager reactionWest Brom 2-2 Man UtdPosted atManchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "I had already decided to bring Marouane Fellaini on after 30 minutes. I said to him to watch Ander Herrera because I wanted him to play and he made an impression straight away. Herrera has played normal - not very good but it was normal."We also have to look for physical balance and maybe that is our problem. I am always looking for creative players and in England you need physical players as well, maybe Fellaini brings that. We could do better with our philosophy and we are improving now the players are beginning to understand our formation and philosophy more, which is why it's such a shame that they didn't get a result tonight."It's not too good after eight games but when you see the games we are normally the better team but we have eight points too few."
- Posted atThat was Manchester United's best performance of the season, according to Louis van Gaal. I'm not so sure. What do you think?
'Man Utd's best match of the season'West Brom 2-2 Man UtdPosted atManchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "I'm very disappointed because we played our best match of the season and the result is not good enough."We could have won but that does not count in our world, but I also 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, I have to look back at the goals because it is difficult from the bench. Maybe our lateral defenders have to close the space more."
Manager reactionWest Brom 2-2 Man UtdPosted atWest Brom manager Alan Irvine, speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm disappointed - we were so close to getting a fantastic result and for us to be in our dressing room feeling bitterly disappointed is a feeling we won't experience much. We thought the three points were there for the taking."I felt as though we did use the ball well at times and created opportunities. We scored two fantastic goals with two fantastic moves. They are a great group to work with, Saido Berahino has good role models here. He is a good finisher with both feet and is very composed in those situations, I wasn't surprised when he scored."I enjoyed tonight and I'm enjoying the job, the players are so responsive. We're making progress and I can't praise them enough for how they've reacted since I came to the club."
Player reactionWest Brom 2-2 Man UtdPosted atWest Brom's Chris Brunt, speaking to BBC Sport after the game: "It's disappointing that we couldn't hold on, they had the ball for a lot of the game and we had to defend well. We had our game plan and we looked dangerous on the break, on another day we could have had three points but we had them on the rack with a few minutes to go."With the quality Manchester United have they were always going to look dangerous, we have shown how well we can play over the last few weeks and there's hopefully more to come."When you're on the back foot for so much of the game you get heavy-legged when you do get the ball, but we did take our chances, credit to the lads because we dug in well. We're a good solid team and we work hard for each other."Saido (Berahino) is a fantastic finisher, it's the sign of a good striker and he is reaping the benefits of his hard work. The sky's the limit for him this season."
Player reactionWest Brom 2-2 Man UtdPosted atWest Brom midfielder Craig Gardner: "It was a great team performance, it's a shame we couldn't hold on. We will take the positives out of tonight and move on for the weekend. We're improving all the time and showing what we're about as a team."Striker Saido Berahino: "I thought we did really well to get the second goal and we were so disappointed to concede. I knew if I stayed focussed I would have opportunities to score tonight. I'm just letting my football do the talking and I know the goals will keep coming."
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