West Ham 1 Man United 1: Louis van Gaal pleased with Red Devils spirit
Louis van Gaal praises Manchester United's spirit after Daley Blind's late goal earns a 1-1 draw at West Ham
Louis van Gaal praised Manchester United’s fighting spirit after watching his side snatch a dramatic late draw at West Ham United.
Cheikhou Kouyate’s brilliant volley in the 49th minute put the home side ahead at Upton Park as Sam Allardyce’s men looked to be heading towards a famous victory.
What spirit after the goal and I thanked my players for that
Louis van Gaal
However, Daley Blind’s 93rd-minute volley earned the visitors a draw as an entertaining game in east London ended all square after Luke Shaw was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.
Van Gaal admitted that his side’s display in the first half left a lot to be desired, but the Dutchman was encouraged by United’s improvement after half-time against the Hammers.
“We played very badly in the first half and showed a lot of spirit in the second half,” said Van Gaal, speaking to Sky Sports after the game.
“We gave away that goal and then played football but you have to do it from the first minute.
“But what spirit after the goal and I thanked my players for that.
“[In the first half] when we had the ball we didn’t play it along the floor. When we lost the ball, you have to win the first and second balls much quicker.
The draw left Van Gaal’s side fourth in the Premier League table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 24 games.
The Red Devils’ next game is a home clash with Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.