Manchester United came back twice in the game to snatch a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns against West Brom. The visitors looked sluggish early on and the home side made the most of it by scoring the opener inside 10 minutes. Things started to change in the second half and Van Gaal’s substitutions worked well as Fellaini came on and grabbed the equaliser. But they still needed a goal from Daley Blind a few minutes from time to take away a point from the game.
The result means that Van Gaal is still to get his first win away from home. Here are the major talking points from the game.
1. United still have a long way to go to the title
Before the West Brom game, Louis Van Gaal said that a win at the Hawthorns would be the impetus they need, to push and challenge for the title. While a victory would have certainly put them on the right track, it would have still left them eight points behind leaders Chelsea. As it stands, the Red Devils are now 10 points behind the Blues and are up against the top two in their next two games.
The game against the Baggies just showed how far they are behind the top two at the moment. A lot of times this season, Van Gaal has spoken about his side lacking the balance and that was certainly evident at the Hawthorns. While the visitors did, at times look breath-taking when they were going forward, at the back, they looked vulnerable every time the home side got at them. Although they are in sixth place right now, they will be slipping down the table very soon, if they don’t get it right against Chelsea and City.