Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that the Red Devils’ 1-2 win over Liverpool at Anfield was one of the most important moments of his career, reports the Daily Mail.
A brace from Juan Mata was enough to get past the Merseyside club, and the Old Trafford outfit were by far the better team for much of the match.
However, with matches against Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester City still to come United could still struggle to finish in the Premier League top four.
The 63-year-old said: “Now we are five points ahead of Liverpool, and six ahead of Tottenham and Southampton. To win in this moment is very important – one of the most important moments in my career. But there are still eight matches to go. That’s 24 points. Liverpool can still be champions. When you are a top manager, or player or club – and Liverpool are – you have to deal with defeats.”
“We have also dealt with defeats. We lost at home to Arsenal and then we had to play against Tottenham and Liverpool, and you have to manage that. Liverpool can do that also because they have a great manager, great club, great fans.”
The Dutchman had been the subject of some criticism after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal earlier in the month, but his side has responded brilliantly.
Wins against Tottenham and Liverpool have brought the fans back onside and a Champions League berth looks theirs for the taking.