Van Gaal Relishes Man United’s Victory At Anfield

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal described his side’s victory over Liverpool as “one of the most important moments” in his career.
Fourth-placed United went five points clear of their rivals with a narrow 2-1 Premier League win at Anfield.
Juan Mata scored twice for the Red Devils, including a spectacular scissor kick, before Daniel Sturridge’s strike.
Spaniard Mata made his first start since January in last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham, and although winger Angel Di Maria returned from suspension, Mata kept his place in the starting XI against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The former Chelsea man repaid his manager’s faith with a brace, and Van Gaal was full of praise.
“Juan is one of my better players,” he said. “I looked for balance and now I have found a position where he plays very good and he also scores two goals and marvellous goals.”
Mata added: “It has to be a special day for me. I am very happy today, not just because of the goals but the team’s performance. It was a massive game and we took three points.”
“We are playing like a team more than ever and played very good football in the first half,” Van Gaal said.
The victory could prove to be a significant one for Manchester United come the end of the season, and is the latest highlight in Van Gaal’s career.
The Dutchman was appointed manager last May following the sacking of predecessor David Moyes.
The 63-year-old has previously managed in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, winning the league titles and domestic cups in all three countries with Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

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