Four fantastic strikes completed a magnificent Monday night fixture of Premier League football. Stephane Sessegnon first scored a goal of the month contender in the opening ten minutes before Marouane Fellaini scored a goal of similar quality soon after the interval.
The Baggies soon regained the lead when Saido Berahino went clean through on goal, but that was cancelled out with four minutes remaining courtesy of a fine Daley Blind finish.
West Brom went into the game with a better home form than they did throughout the entirety of last season whereas United's away record cast a cloud over promises of a positive result.
And things were immediately looking dull for Van Gaal's travelling side as West Brom started the game on the front foot with possession dominance.
The first goal of the game came deservedly to the Baggies through a slice of luck. Boaz Myhill's clearance was flicked on by Graham Dorrans to Andre Wisdom making a darting run down the right wing who pulled the ball back to Sessegnon who finished his shot with sheer quality, curling it into the top corner perfectly to score his first of the season.
Things didn't seem to be getting much brighter for United, a series of mistakes from their midfield repossessed West Brom with the ball. The hub of all errors seemed to be emanating from their two central midfielders, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.
Prior to the game, Herrera had been out for a few weeks through injury so rushing him back into the starting lineup stirred up few questions. But his performance didn't last long. He was substituted for Marouane Fellaini at the interval, and the change seemed to have a huge impact on the game when the Belgian scored an absolute rocket, just three minutes after entering the field of play.
After the goal, United seemed to be in the drivers seat as they created chance after chance, only to see their attempts cleared by the desperate West Brom defence.
If the Baggies wanted anything out of the game, they would need a bit of luck which is exactly what they got. Some inexcusable defending allowed the onside Saido Berahino through on goal.
The in-form England U21 international never doubted his chance and buried the ball confidently past the despairing dive of David De Gea who had nothing to do all game.
Now a downhill landslide of avoidable errors seemed to be falling onto the heads of Louis van Gaal's men, Juan Mata continuing his mistakeful first half performance leading to his substitution which saw Radamel Falcao make an appearance. His presence evidently made a different, creating more of an attacking spark to United's game.
Robin van Persie pounced onto a Falcao lay off with a venomous volley which smashed against the post. But it was moments later when the Red Devils' hard efforts payed off. The ball fell to the feet of summer signing Daley Blind who gracefully unleashed a finesse shot into the bottom corner of Boaz Myhill's goal, earning a point for the visitors.