Louis van Gaal says that Manchester United played the only way you can against a defensive team during their 2-0 victory over West Brom.
United had just one shot on target in the first half and two in the second, but scored with both of those efforts after the break.
Van Gaal said that having patience against defensive teams is crucial, and that his side exploited West Brom’s tiredness.
“Everybody knows who has played football that the most difficult way to score is against a very defensive team,” Van Gaal said. “The space is only at the wings and we have tried to do that.”
“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.”
Van Gaal also reserved praise for Jesse Lingard, who scored United’s winner in just his second Premier League start.
“How Jesse finished was remarkable,” the manager said.
“In a training session this week he had two chances like this and he shoots at once and I told him he needs to take a touch before the shot, which he did today.
“I give every player a chance – always. When you are in my squad I will give you a chance.
“He grabbed it with both hands.”