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Robin van Persie’s late strike in the 94th minute earned Manchester United a dramatic 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday. The Dutch striker revealed after the match that it was a ‘huge relief’ for the team and players more than anything else. However, as coaches do tend to highlight, Louis van Gaal felt Manchester United could have picked up full three points had they taken their chances throughout the match.
Gary Neville, Manchester United legend and now turned football pundit said that the draw felt like a victory. Indeed. And it can kick-start Manchester United’s campaign as they can look forward to building a momentum after a rocky start to the season.
One bullet dodged. Next up another cracker; Manchester City away to Etihad. Dutch newspapers cover more on Manchester United these days because of the Dutch connection the club now have, following the appointment of Van Gaal.
Dutch major newspaper De Telegraaf reports that Van Gaal was happy with his team’s performance and surprised everyone by gifting an expensive watch, with the help of new sponsor Bulova. The former Bayern Munich manager who is known for his strictness has already alerted his team to get mentally prepared for the derby clash next Sunday.
Meanwhile, United are sweating on the fitness of Radamel Falcao, who missed the match against Chelsea with a calf injury. Contrary to reports that Falcao suffered a bruise in the knee, Gol Caracol, reports that the Colombian striker has suffered an injury in the calf muscle, resulting in a strong hematoma.