The Red Devils moved up to sixth in the Premier League table after a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.
We have three points and we are two points behind fourth place so it is in our hands and that’s important
Louis van Gaal
And the United manager, who signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford in May, is happy to see his side back in the top-four race.
“I am happy with the three points,” Van Gaal said.
“We stay in the race to end the season in the places we’re aiming for, so that’s very important.”
Van Gaal insisted he was happy with United’s performance despite Juan Mata’s strike proving the sole difference between the sides.
“They came to defend and that is always very difficult to play as a team against,” he added.
“We had a lot of time on the ball, we created possibilities, not big chances, but possibilities.
“We could have scored in the first half but I said at half-time, ‘Okay, we played better than the matches before because we kept the pace before and the opponents will tire and there will come a moment we will score’.
“It was Juan Mata [who did] and after that goal I think we created more big chances because then they had to come forward, only we have to finish these chances because they were big chances.
“But I said several times when we are ahead in a game we have to kill the game and we did. So I’m happy, we have three points and we are two points behind fourth place so it is in our hands and that’s important.”
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