West Brom apologise after poking fun at Marouane Fellaini on Twitter
Baggies left red-faced after Belgian scores Manchester United’s first equaliser at The Hawthorns
October 21st, 2014
Manchester United’s quest for an away win in the Premier League continues after a 2-2 draw against West Brom on Monday night, although Louis van Gaal will have been pleased with the way his team twice fought back to claim a point.
Marouane Fellaini was a second-half substitute and took just minutes to make his mark by making the scoreline 1-1 after Stephane Sessegnon had earlier given Albion the lead.
The official West Brom Twitter feed was forced to apologise after poking fun at Fellaini as he warmed up before replacing Ander Herrera, with the following tweet being made before the Belgian scored:
“Fellaini has now taken his tracksuit off, fortunately he has a Man Utd strip on underneath”
This was followed later that evening by:
“Sorry if a joke about a footballer not having a shirt on under his tracksuit top has caused such outrage. It was not intended as a slur”
Van Gaal has insisted that United can still catch Chelsea in the Premier League title chase although much depends on Sunday’s game where the Blues head to Old Trafford.
Asked whether it was possible to catch José Mourinho’s team, Van Gaal replied: “That’s possible but it is difficult to say because I am then arrogant. But I have done it a lot of times.”
“Two points lost – I think we were the better team,” the United manager said. “I am very disappointed about the result. You can say we were two times behind but I don’t think that West Bromwich Albion has created many chances – I think zero.
“And we gave the two goals away. I think we dominated the game – that’s what I want as a coach, as a manager – but the manager doesn’t want a result like 2-2. I said that to my players, I cannot be happy.”