The Red Devils edged into a ninth-minute lead courtesy of Marouane Fellaini’s low strike past Hugo Lloris before experienced midfielder Michael Carrick scored a header past his former employers.
Michael Carrick is not not my second captain for nothing
Louis van Gaal
United captain Wayne Rooney wrapped up three points with over 55 minutes of the game to play after he capitalised on Nabil Bentaleb’s wayward pass and placed his finish to the side of Lloris.
Van Gaal’s men lost 2-1 to Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final last Monday, and the 63-year-old Dutchman praised his squad’s character to respond in emphatic fashion after their cup disappointment.
“We can be very pleased with the performance, the result and our reaction to the defeat against Arsenal. When you get a blow like that from Arsenal you need a fantastic team spirit and individual spirit, and I saw that,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport.
“When you score goals, your confidence raises and you can pass more quickly, but Tottenham wanted to play also and you always need two teams who want to play and you have more space to play football.”
Van Gaal, who was appointed as David Moyes’ permanent successor last summer, heaped praise on United midfielder Carrick after the 33-year-old produced a dominant performance in midfield.
“Michael Carrick is not not my second captain for nothing,” Van Gaal added.
“He is one of the best passes also, not only wide but also forward. We need midfielders who have that passing. When you can also score the second goal you have a big influence in the game.”
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