Louis van Gaal: It's 'a nice feeling' to be top of the league.

Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland.

It is a 'nice feeling' to be at the top of the Premier League table, says Louis van Gaal following Manchester United's 3-0 win over Sunderland.

The Red Devils climbed to the top of the table after Manchester City fell to a 4-1 defeat to Spurs on Saturday afternoon at White Hart Lane.

United's no.7 Memphis Depay broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, before captain Wayne Rooney hit the back of the net - his first Premier League goal of the season - just after half-time.

And Juan Mata scored the third to seal the win, making United table toppers for the first time since Van Gaal became boss.

"It's a nice feeling to be top of the table, it's the first time in my period so I'm happy," he told the BBC.

"It's always difficult when you play against a team who is only defending and counting on the counter-attack. You have to be aware and I have to admit my defence was very good today.

"I was very happy with the goal in extra-time because they punished themselves. They were always wasting time and the referee was not reacting to that.

"A goal is the biggest influence in a game and I changed my approach at half-time because of that. It became another game but they didn't come at us very much."


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