Van Gaal: Man Utd win is ‘big step in a good direction’

Date published: Sunday 17th January 2016 5:56

Louis van Gaal: Reflects on victory at Anfield

Louis van Gaal: Reflects on victory at Anfield

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has described his sides 1-0 win against Liverpool as a “big step in a good direction”. 

The Red Devils claimed all three points at Anfield when captain Wayne Rooney fired a shot past Simon Mignolet to claim all three points.

United managed to see off constant pressure from Liverpool in the first half and with 12 minutes to go Rooney converted to seal the win, to the delight of his manager.

Speaking after the match, Van Gaal said: “When you beat Liverpool, it is good for the fans and for the table as our competitors also lose points, it is a big step in a good direction and I am very happy.

“In the first-half we didn’t keep the ball and we have survived the first-half.

“In the second-half we played much better and kept the ball better and created chances and Wayne Rooney makes the fantastic goal again.

Despite goalkeeper David de Gea producing a match-winning display, Van Gaal believes it was expected of the shot stopper to do so.

“I don’t think David de Gea has done very much, two or three balls he has to stop, a goalkeeper has to do that,” said the Dutchman.

“He is playing very good but you can not say he was a fantastic, marvelous goalkeeper today.

Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last five Premier League games and haven’t lost since their 2-0 loss against Stoke on Boxing Day.

And Van Gaal says that it is “marvellous” to continue their good start to 2016 with a fourth straight Premier League win over Liverpool.

The Manchester United boss said: “We have played against Newcastle and given away two leads and now we have done the things we have trained and discussed so that is most precious aspect of the game today.

“Now we have made a good start in 2016, to beat Liverpool for the second time in a row is it marvellous, it gives a big boost for the players and the fans so I hope it shall continue with winning.

“That is why we are here, to win our games and at end of the season to be in the first three positions of the league.”

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