Louis van Gaal praised an “important” win for Man Utd.

Louis van Gaal praised an “important” victory after 10-man Manchester United won West Ham United at Old Trafford.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney scored in the fifth minute as the Red Devils looked to be easing towards a win when Robin van Persie scored the second goal of the match in the 22nd minute.

Diafra Sakho scored seven minutes before half-time to make it 2-1, and Rooney`s red card made sure there was a nervy finish to the clash.

Van Gaal said: “The win is very important, you can imagine that. We played a very good first half with attractive football.

“We conceded again a goal from in set-plays. Maybe you can watch that their number 15 makes a foul on goalkeeper David De Gea.

“But OK, I am very happy that we hold the result until the end because it is very difficult to play against a team who have one more player but who also play a lot of high balls. I am very pleased with the attitude of my players.”

United boss also defended his captain saying he was attempting to stop West Ham`s counter-attack but mistimed the tackle on Downing.

“It was a break-out of a set-play of ours and he makes a professional foul I think you can call it like that. I don’t think Wayne wanted to do it that way but he did it and you can give a red card.”

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