Van Gaal hails Lingard.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hailed the performance of Jesse Lingard after the winger scored his first United goal against West Brom on Saturday.

The 19-year-old scored the first goal in the second half to give United a 1-0 lead before Juan Mata increased the deficit from the penalty spot.

"Of course, it was again a fantastic goal because Jesse Lingard scored his first goal today," van Gaal said, reports "In the training session earlier this week, he had these chances but shot directly, I told him to control the ball first because with that touch you have more of a feel of the ball - he did today it and scored a fantastic goal. I’m very happy for him, he deserves it because I think he played very well. I’m a happy manager today.

"We played three games in a row without scoring a goal, though we had more than enough chances. That’s why you look for solutions and one of those was to bring Jesse into the team."

The Red Devils have not conceded since they were thrashed 3-0 by Arsenal, and Van Gaal spoke about the recent clean sheets that have reached 6 games in all competitions.

"It would be better if we’d also kept one against Arsenal! It was a clean sheet today, and I’m very satisfied with our defensive organisation, but it starts with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney and you’ve seen that today. They have pressed a lot and have had to run a lot because of that, but every player is doing that, so I’m a happy manager."

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