"I am very disappointed because we played our best match and the result is not good enough," said Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to the Sky Sports studio following his team's disappointing 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns earlier this evening, Monday.
Stephane Sessegnon scored an eighth-minute opener to put West Brom ahead early on but within two minutes substitute Marouane Fellaini made an instant impact as the midfielder unleashed a thundershot of a goal.
Parity only ensued for 20 minutes before relentless goal-scorer Saido Berahino underlined his status as one of the prospects of the season, yet Daley Blind managed to spare United's blushes with a goal three minutes from time.
"I think we could have won but could have doesn't count in our world so that is why I am disappointed," added van Gaal.
"We created a lot of chances and only two shots from West Bromwich Albion were goals," he said.
"We gave it away because of our inevitable errors. It is a pity. You can give a new start when you win here and it was possible I think."
Van Gaal is clearly disappointed to not return to Old Trafford with maximum points as he implies that, had the club triumphed over the Baggies, then they could have fortified their position in the top four.
Instead, Manchester United now have to work had just to return to the top four position.