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EPL: Manchester United can't be shackled, says Louis van Gaal

Manchester: Louis van Gaal claims Manchester United will not be shackled at Old Trafford after they effected a 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.

Louis Van Gaal. Pic/AFP
Louis van Gaal. Pic/AFP

Van Gaal's side have found goals hard to come by of late and initially found it difficult to break down an Albion team that defended in numbers. But Albion's plan was shattered seven minutes into the second half on Saturday when Jesse Lingard scored his first United goal.

Juan Mata wrapped up the points for United with a stoppage-time penalty after defender Gareth McAuley had been sent off for bringing down Anthony Martial.

And van Gaal insisted United's victory, which followed a 1-0 midweek success against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, may change how opposition managers view trips to Old Trafford.

"We have to attack better against these defensive organisations but it is the most difficult way you can play as a team.

But it is good we have won because the next manager shall not choose so easily this strategy. We have also won against CSKA Moscow and they have the same strategy.

"It is good we send a signal that you can do that but you lose. We have won a very difficult game," said Van Gaal.

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