United comes back to win 2-1 vs Wolfsburg

The German side first took a surprise lead during the first half, with midfielder Daniel Caligiuri scoring the opening goal in the fourth minute of the game. But United midfielder Juan Mata and Chris Smalling ensured that the hosts got their first points on the board in Group B by scoring in the 33rd minute and in the 52nd minute of the match.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (left) congratulates Chris Smalling, who scored the winner agaisnt Wolfsburg.   -  AP

Wayne Rooney during the match.   -  REUTERS

Manchester United's Phil Jones Wolfsburg's Nicklas Bendtner battling for the ball.   -  REUTERS

Juan Mata applauds after the victory.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United claimed their first win of the ongoing Champions League by sweeping aside Wolfsburg by a 2-1 margin at Old Trafford.

The German side first took a surprise lead during the first half, with midfielder Daniel Caligiuri scoring the opening goal in the fourth minute of the game.

But United midfielder Juan Mata ensured that the hosts got their first points on the board in Group B by scoring a penalty in the 33rd minute.

In the 52nd minute of the match, Chris Smalling, who has been in wonderful form this season, scored the match-winning goal for his side.

United are currently at second spot in Group B of the Champions League table, having three points from two games. They will next lock horns with CSKA Moscow on October 22.

Lots to improve: van Gaal

Despite their win, Manchester United’s manger Louis van Gaal felt that United should have ensured better control over the game once they took the lead in the second half.

“After that, it was not good and that is remarkable because when it comes to keeping the ball in our possession we have done that very well in the last five or six matches,” he said.

“We have given a lot in the first half to get back in the game and maybe it was also because of the accumulation of matches in the last weeks but I cannot understand how we can give the ball away so easily,” he said.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground and we have to improve a lot to be the top of Europe. We have beaten Wolfsburg and I am very happy about that. The players are also very happy but we have to improve and we have to know that. So I have said that to the players.”

“That is why we are here, to improve ourselves so we win every game. Today we have won this game but it could have been done in a better way. We were suffering in the end. A lot of players are very tired because of the accumulation of matches. But I think the team spirit kept us in the match,” he added.