Louis van Gaal has challenged Manchester United to prove they are genuine title contenders by beating their local rivals Manchester City next weekend.
United bounced back from their humbling 3-0 defeat to Arsenal by beating Everton by the same scoreline on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal at Goodison Park for eight years after Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera had given Van Gaal’s team a two-goal cushion.
United will move to the top of the Premier League if Arsenal drop points against Everton and United beat leaders City in the derby at Old Trafford next Sunday.
Van Gaal believes victory over City would silence the doubters who claim his side are not capable of topping the table come May.
“I am very happy with the response of my players and I am very proud of the performance,” the United manager said.
“I think it was an excellent performance and maybe it is the start of many, many victories.
“We have to be more consistent, so next week when we win against Manchester City then we can say, ‘OK, now we think maybe about title aspirations’.”
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