But Caligiuri went from hero to villain on 34 minutes as he handled in the Wolfsburg area, allowing Juan Mata to level from the penalty spot. “We have everything in our own hands and that is very important”, said United manager Louis van Gaal.
Mata revealed after the game that he had replaced Wayne Rooney – who spooned a glorious first-half chance over the bar – as first-choice penalty-taker and Van Gaal confirmed that it had been his decision. But we’re in a good position after the first win against CSKA Moskva and we’re looking to build on that.
Ahead of the game, Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this evening and has given ManUtd.com a team news and injury update.
Jones missed the first month of the season after being diagnosed with mild thrombosis but he has slowly been reintegrated back into the team, coming off the bench against Ipswich, Sunderland and Wolfsburg.
“He is a team player, and not many players are”, Van Gaal said.
There was huge pressure on United after they lost to PSV Eindhoven in their opening Group B match two weeks ago and their night got off to the worst start when Daniel Caligiuri opened the scoring for the well-drilled visitors after a few poor defending. A lot of players are very exhausted, a combination of a lot of matches but we didn’t give much away.
Meanwhile, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin thinks United are starting to win over their critics with the way they are playing.
“We have improved when we have to compare us with the team of previous year, but we need still time“, the former Netherlands manager said. “I think that we deserved to win, because we created much more chances than Wolfsburg, when you count all the chances”. “Then you have to play again mid-week in the Champions League and that is the difference between all the clubs in Europe”.
“You can also change the players, but I will speak to our recovery specialist and then decide. I am very happy with him“.