Louis van Gaal is convinced his side are in a "good moment" following their 2-1 win over Stoke on Tuesday night, which made it the Reds' four successive win under the Dutchman.
Goals from Marouane Fellaini and a Juan Mata’s free kick which might have glanced Marcos Rojo's head gave Manchester United the win. As reported earlier, Mark Hughes' side were inches away from getting a draw as David de Gea and Ashley Young helped prevent Stoke from finding the net in the closing stages.
“Victories are always valuable because you have to win at a top club," Van Gaal told MUTV. "If you want to climb the table, you have to win. In England, there are no easy matches. Last weekend, every match in this league was close, so I’m very happy with the win tonight.
The United manager also hinted how important the win was and also said killing games off is really important.
“Of course it was a relief - we have to kill games off much earlier. We had some big chances, Herrera in the first half and Fellaini and Wilson in the second. If we had scored one of those, the game would have been over. But, when the scores are close and you have the likes of Crouch coming on to face long balls, the ball can fall anywhere so we were lucky towards the end. I think we deserved to win," he continued.
“I want to wait until after our next match [to assess things], but we’re in a very good moment. We’ve won four matches in a row, which is a very good achievement in the Premier League. I want to see what happens against Southampton – when we win a second consecutive away match, then we’ll have great momentum."
Van Gaal showed faith in James Wilson as he was handed his first start of the season, replacing Captain Rooney was out injured and he reckons the second goal that sealed the clash was Juan Mata's.
"Wilson could have scored; when he does score, everyone will be even happier with him. He usually scores in training, but today he didn’t, and that’s the difference between training and match day," Van Gaal added.
“The second goal was Juan Mata’s, because he took the free-kick. Rojo is running across the goalkeeper, making it difficult for him to catch the ball, that’s something we work on in training. I’m very happy it paid off during a game, and not only during a training session."
Written by Thinkfootballideas staff