Arsenal 1 Man United 2: Louis van Gaal hails ‘fantastic’ win

The Manchester United manager reflects on his side's 2-1 victory at Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal reflected on a “fantastic” victory after watching his Manchester United side beat Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday.

After a goalless first half which Arsenal dominated at The Emirates, Kieran Gibbs deflected Antonio Valencia’s shot into his own goal 10 minutes after the interval.

“It is no surprise for me that we scored in the second half

Louis van Gaal

Wayne Rooney then added a second with a chipped finish in the 85th minute to put United in control.

Gunners striker Olivier Giroud marked his comeback from a broken leg with a stunning left-footed strike in stoppage time but United held on to secure the three points.

“I think it is a fantastic victory at the right moment,” said Van Gaal, whose side moved up to fourth place thanks to the win.

“We have a lot of injuries but despite of that we win a difficult away match. Arsenal are a good attacking team. At the end I can laugh but you can imagine if they score one of four or five chances in the first half it is a different game.

“They have had five big chances yes, but we have also had possibilities at the end of the first half. Not so big but we could also score.

“In the second part of the first half we were coming back. We don’t have the confidence in the first half and I said we needed to build up the ball and because of that we got chances.

“It is no surprise for me that we scored in the second half. I was not pleased with the ball possession of our team but after that we improved and in the second half we did very well.”

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