Manchester United came back from a 1-0 deficit to grab a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Champions League group stage Wednesday at Old Trafford.
United fell behind early as Daniel Caligiuri scored in the 4th minute after some poor defending by United. Daley Blind got pull out wide and left Chris Smalling alone in the middle of defense and Wolfsburg made the most of the space given.
Juan Mata tied it up from the penalty spot in the 34th minute, and Smalling became the hero in the 53rd minute after a cheeky pass by Mata. Mata back heeled the ball to Smalling who got the ball past the Wolfsburg goalkeeper.
United manager Louis van Gaal was pleased with the three points and the way his team played.
“It was a very good win, it was a must-win and it was very difficult when you start with one goal behind in the first four minutes, when they scored a fantastic goal, I have to admit,” van Gaal told manutd.com after the game. “Then it is very difficult to beat a German team; they were very organised and structured but in spite of that we came back in the match and we created a lot of chances. In the first half we played very well but we didn’t finish our chances, and that was our problem. Only from the penalty that we got off this referee could we score.
“It was 1-1 at halftime but we created chances to be 3-1 ahead. Then you have to continue and we did, but only for the first 15 minutes, I think. After the goal it was transforming our team, because we didn’t keep the ball anymore and I didn’t see Wolfsburg pressing so much, so we gave the ball away. We did it by ourselves because the players are tired and the accumulation of the matches is very high in England.
“The last five matches we have kept the ball fantastically in our possession and now we couldn’t do it anymore. We have to recover, recover and recover because Sunday is Arsenal and they played yesterday, so they have one more day of recovery.”
The win puts United in third in Group B where all four teams have three points after two games.