Louis van Gaal was content after Manchester United got past Wolfsburg, as the Champions League returned to Old Trafford.
Man United came from behind to beat the Germans 2-1 in a crucial European tie, having lost their first game to PSV Eindhoven just over a fortnight ago. The victory means the Reds are level with all the other teams in their group on three points, ensuring it will be tight between all the sides in terms of who qualifies.
It was a tough task for United and the manager felt it got even harder after falling a goal behind. Van Gaal told manutd.com: “”It was very difficult because they scored so early. Then we did very well, we created a lot of chances. We don’t finish it and it was a lucky penalty, I think. Of course it is a penalty but there are some referees not whistling for that.”
Despite Wayne Rooney being on the pitch, Mata took up penalty duties and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. However, Rooney could have leveled things up moments before when he shot over a gaping net.
Van Gaal added: “We have created many more chances – Rooney and Depay could have scored and you finish the game. Then we score and after that it was suffering.”
“A lot of players are very tired, but we didn’t give much away. How many chances have we given away? Maybe one.”
The Dutchman will hope the players can get over their fatigue in time for the crucial visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
United go to London as league leaders and will know that a victory over Arsenal can open up a huge advantage over the Gunners for the rest of the season.