Louis van Gaal: Why Man United have to be patient

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says it isn't easy to break down defensive sides like West Brom

Louis van Gaal has insisted that Manchester United to remain patient against defensive sides after a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion.

The Red Devils broke the deadlock in the second half thanks to Jesse Lingard’s first goal for the 20-time English champions.

The only way you can play against such a defensive, organised team is the way we do it, you need patience

Louis van Gaal

Juan Mata sealed three points in the 90th minute from the penalty spot after Anthony Martial was fouled by Gareth McAuley.

The 20-time English champions have been criticised in recent weeks for their poor attacking performances, with former Red Devil Paul Scholes branding United “boring”.

However, United manager Van Gaal defended his players following their 2-0 win against the Baggies, insisting that it isn’t easy to break down defensive sides.

“Everybody knows who has played football that the most difficult way to score is against a very defensive team. The space is only at the wings and we have tried to do that,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport.

“The only way you can play against such a defensive, organised team is the way we do it, you need patience. In the second half West Brom are more tired and the chances come. The goal changed the game, we had more space.

“Then you can see the qualities of Anthony Martial, and we score the second goal out of his actions.”

United’s victory was the first Premier League win since a 3-0 victory over Everton earlier this month.

The Red Devils stay in fourth place but move to within a point of leaders Manchester City in the Premier League table.

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United make the trip to Watford in the Premier League next Saturday.

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