Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal remained philosophical despite seeing his side beaten 3-0 by Everton in their most recent Premier League fixture.
In the aftermath of the Goodison Park defeat the Iron Tulip told the BBC:
“We have always had more fighting spirit on the pitch and I think that this is the first match that the other team have shown more of that than us.
“We created five chances in the first half – Marouane Fellaini had to score – that is more than Everton.
“In the second half they scored on the counter and we had to play against a defensive side.
“This was the first match when I saw a team that was more motivated and aggressive than us. It is not good, but we are human beings.
“Everton deserved to win. When the result is fair, you can live with it.”
The question is, how will the decorated Dutchman’s side bounce back from what their manager regards as the most listless display of his tenure against West Brom?
United are 9/25 for victory against Tony Pulis’ underdogs, who are 31/4 to emulate last season’s shock success at old Trafford, with the draw a 17/4 wager.
The points will be staying in Manchester if the Red Devils’ powers of recovery after previous defeats this season are anything to go by.
Van Gaal’s men have won the match directly after seven of their nine losses across all competitions this season, claiming draws after the remaining two.
In fact they have won after each one of their last seven reverses, with the two occasions they failed to do so coming during the five winless matches at the beginning of the campaign.
Their most disappointing defeat preceded their most defiant response too, with the watershed 3-0 destruction of Tottenham coming hot on the footsteps of their FA Cup elimination at the hands of Arsenal.
Backing United at 19/20 to make light of a one-goal handicap in besting the Baggies hot on the heels of their beating on Merseyside makes plenty of appeal as result.