Van Gaal hails Herrera, happy for Rooney

Date published: Saturday 17th October 2015 6:34

Louis van Gaal was “very happy” with Wayne Rooney breaking his away goal drought, whole the Manchester United boss also picked out Ander Herrera for praise at Everton.

Rooney ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League goal on the road in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Goodison Park.

The 29-year-old rolled back the years to race through the home defence and clip the ball past Tim Howard after being played through by Herrera.

It was just his third goal at Goodison since leaving his old club, but he did not feel like celebrating following the death of Howard Kendall earlier in the day.

Van Gaal felt Rooney had answered his critics with his second league goal of the season and backed the forward to carry on finding the net for the rest of the campaign.

“You are always doubting him,” the United manager said in his post-match press conference.

“He scored now. I am very happy for him. For me it is not important if he scores or not scores.

“He has to be an attacking point and do his job in the defensive organisation.

“I am also happy when Herrera is scoring and (Anthony) Martial is scoring. Maybe it is the start for many goals because he needs this goal, I think.”

When pushed to pick out one player for praise, Van Gaal singled out Herrera, who scored the second and had a hand in the other two goals.

The Dutchman said: “I have seen a lot of individual players today who are playing very good but that is also because the result is very good.

“When I have to mention one name, I have to mention Ander Herrera. He played very well and had a great contribution with the goals.”

Van Gaal felt the win was just what United needed following their dismal 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.

“It is more than a response. That is an understatement but I cannot find another word,” he said.

“It was very difficult to prepare this match because we have lost against Arsenal in a horrible way.

“I have a lot of meetings, individual and team meetings, 10 or 15 between Wednesday and this match and then you have to decide who is playing because of the opponent and the state of your players.”

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