Lucky win for Man Utd says Louis van Gaal.

United were lucky at St Mary's.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reckons the Reds were lucky to have won at St Mary's after his team beat Ronald Koeman's side 2-1.

United's No.20 scored twice to secure five wins in a row for the first time under Van Gaal and moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League table.

It was the first time United recorded five straight wins since Sir Alex Ferguson retired but Van Gaal who was pleased with the three points said lots of improvement has to be made ahead of their clash against Liverpool on Sunday or Saturday.

“We lost the ball too easily in the first half because we didn’t have very good positional play," Van Gaal was quoted saying by the club's official website.

"The only chances Southampton created were when we lost the ball, and that was not good. We needed confidence on the ball, which we didn’t have, and I said something about that at half-time. I think we were better in the second half but Southampton (still) played better than us," the 63-year-old continued.

“Our first goal was a gift and the second was made easier because I saw the goalkeeper coming out of his goal. We were very lucky. I didn’t see the confidence that I saw on the training ground earlier this week. We trained very well this week, and I did not see it on the match day - that is the most important time to show yourself.

"We didn’t give a lot away in the second half, maybe four chances, but Southampton were the better team. We were the lucky team. But I think it is a good signal (that we won)."

Written by Thinkfootballideas staff

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