In the end, Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea were happy enough to come away with a 1-1 draw from their teams’ clash at Old Trafford on Sunday. After the game, Louis van Gaal said United “deserved a point” following Robin van Persie’s 94th-minute strike, while Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho described the result as “acceptable,” despite what he suggested as a poor performance from referee Phil Dowd.
“We deserved a point. You know that, Jose Mourinho knows that also,” van Gaal said just a few minutes after van Persie’s equalizer. Asked whether the performance was something to build on before next weekend’s Manchester derby, the Dutchman replied: "You cannot predict. But I am a crazy coach and I said to the players after the match, normally you have to play your best against the best teams but we did not do that today. We could have won and missed an opportunity and that’s a pity but I am very pleased with their fighting spirit until the very end."
Mourinho, meanwhile, insisted that he did not want to talk about Dowd: "I did five interviews and in all five, the first question was my comments on the referee,” he explained. "I told them, my comment is that when five ask me the same thing, I don’t need to answer.” The Portuguese then went on list each of Dowd’s errors, before applauding the effort of his team in spite of Dowd’s decisions. "Chelsea was fantastic and even in these circumstances then even more credit for my players,” he said. “The result is not the result we came for. We came to win and we showed that from the first minute. The performance is always fantastic, the result not so good, but acceptable."