In a post match press conference, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has branded Anthony Martial’s hand ball that resulted in CSKA Moscow taking a 1-0 lead as stupid.
But the Dutch manager did support his teenage star by explaining that accidents happen. Martial made up for his error by scoring for the Red Devils in the second half.
On the performance of Anthony Martial, van Gaal had this to say:
“Martial is a human being, he reacted and it’s a stupid reaction, but sometimes these things happen.
“He said it’s the first time it has happened to him, that he gives away a penalty. But I was very happy with his performance.
“I knew in advance that it would be a very difficult game because CSKA are very well organised and compact.
“They also had the present of a penalty from Martial, so it was more difficult for us, because they could play more compact.
“But we are now on schedule after the PSV Eindhoven defeat. Now we have two home matches and we are very strong at home.
“I hope we can win these games so we are qualified or nearly qualified, but we also have a game away to Wolfsburg.”
Anthony Martial showed off his incredible maturity and composure as he led Manchester United to come back and scrape a point in Moscow.