SOUTHAMPTON: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal conceded that he was indebted to Robin van Persie after the Dutch striker’s brace earned his below-par side a 2-1 victory at Southampton.
Manchester United prevailed at St Mary’s on Monday despite an error-strewn display in which they mustered only three attempts at goal, with Van Persie netting either side of Graziano Pelle’s first-half equaliser.
It gave United a fifth consecutive win and sent them up to third place in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s home game with old enemies Liverpool, but Van Gaal admitted that his team had been “lucky”.
“I think that not only the goals are telling something about Robin van Persie,” the Dutchman told his post-match press conference.
“I think also his performance he was one of the three players on the pitch of Manchester United who were good or maybe very good.”
Van Gaal refused to reveal the identities of the other two players who had met his expectations, and when asked for his verdict on the other 11 United players including substitutes he replied: “They were not good.
“There is a range of course between good and bad, but they were not good. Normally you have six, seven, eight players who are good and three players who are in that range. But today (Monday) there were too many players not good.”
“It’s fantastic to be now third in the table, but I had hoped we would do that with a better performance because tonight we were the lucky team,” he added
United lost defender Chris Smalling to a groin injury in the 18th minute, the latest in a sequence of defensive injuries while Van Gaal also withdrew teenage centre-back Paddy McNair before half-time.
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