Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal lives to fight another day, but the Red Devil tactician revealed that their second goal in their 3-1 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup was a play they copied from their previous match against FC Midtjylland.
Juan Mata scored a goal just before the end of the first half off a free kick. Mata landed the goal over the wall that blocked Shrewsbury’s goalie Jayson Leutwiler during the play. Van Gaal told BT Sport via Goal.com that prior to their match they clarified the said play and claimed that the referees approved of it as a non-offside play.
The beleaguered manager claimed that it was the same play that FC Midtylland used against them in their 2-1 lost to their Europa League counterparts and clarified it with game officials, who told them it was a good play.
“We have learned because we analysed FC Midtjylland and we saw they were doing that. We thought it was always offside so we asked the referees and they said it’s not offside, you can do that. That’s why we have learned about the taking of the free-kicks. Today we scored and that’s good,” van Gaal said.
With Mata’s goal, Manchester United took a commanding 2-0 lead in the first half. Shrewsbury’s play in the second half was no threat to the Red Devils as Jesse Lingard placed the nail on the coffin with his goal in the 61st minute to secure the much need win for the Old Trafford-based squad.
Van Gaal and the rest of Manchester United will get their chance for revenge as they play host to FC Midtjylland on Thursday in a bid to erase the stunning upset they experience against the Danish side during their first meeting last February 19.
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