Manchester United defeated Valencia 2-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in a pre-season friendly courtesy of a last gasp goal from unwanted Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but manager Louis van Gaal tagged the game his team’s “worst performance ever.”
Newly appointed club skipper Wayne Rooney hit the post with a penalty, but Darren Fletcher put United ahead in the second-half. And after Rodrigo Moreno equalised for Valencia, Fellaini came off the bench to score in his first appearance under Van Gaal and his first goal for the club.
“We have won in spite of that we have played our worst game,” Van Gaal told MUTV.
“We made a lot of wrong choices, wrong passes and we didn’t press too much.”
Despite Van Gaal’s disgust over United’s performance on the night, the 63-year-old Dutch tactician was impressed with his side’s “fighting spirit” which earned them victory eventually.
“We have dominated the game, only in 15 minutes in the second half we are not dominating, I think, and at the end we are the winner because we are fighting until the last minute and that is also a good signal, I believe,” he added.