Manchester United bounced back to winning ways in the Premier League, after smashing Stoke City 3-0 at Old Trafford and Louis van Gaal was pleased with his team’s display. Jesse Lingard broke the deadlock in the 14th minute before Anthony Martial increased the deficit with a beautiful strike, and captain Wayne Rooney secured the win eight minutes into the second half. However, after the Red Devils' triumph over Mark Hughes' side, Van Gaal expressed his delight at the three points won over the Potters on Tuesday night. "It was a great performance," Van Gaal told Sky Sports. "In the first half, we created attacks, fantastic goals.
"We created more chances above that. In the second half we controlled the game. We scored the third goal. It was a very good game. "In 2016 we have only lost against Southampton, in the last minute. We lost against Southampton at home, that can never be, in my opinion. At home you have to win.
"Maybe we have more confidence [now] - I cannot say [for sure that] now we have more confidence. "Against Derby County we played very well, also like this evening. Three goals in a row. I hope it gives us a lot of motivation to continue."
The Dutchman also praised full-backs Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Matteo Darmian. "I'm always pleased when youngsters are doing that and showing themselves. "It's Cameron Borthwick-Jackson's birthday, he had a fantastic assist, and also he could have had another. I'm happy for him.
"And also Man United, because we have a lot of problems in the full-back positions. I'm very happy [Matteo] Darmian could play again, and you see the result is better."