Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insisted that it is “only one match” after his side secured a 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Dutchman was speaking to Sky Sports after the game, and revealed that he was delighted with the response from his players after their 3-0 loss to Arsenal prior to the international break.
Goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney ensured that United cruised to a win, and the victory ensured that they remain just two points adrift of rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Much has been made of Rooney’s goalscoring troubles so far this season, with Van Gaal himself hoping that the England international would end his drought, as reported by The Guardian,
Having found the net in an away game for the first time in 11 months, the 29-year-old is now level with Andy Cole in second place on the all-time Premier League goalscoring list.
Van Gaal made changes to his set-up with Rooney restored as the lead striker with Herrera operating behind him while Schneiderlin returned to the line-up.
The trio evidently repaid that faith although the Dutchman was keen to avoid taking credit for it and praised the players for their respective performances, as noted in his Sky Sports interview.
The Red Devils now prepare for their Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow in Russia this week, prior to hosting rivals City at Old Trafford next Sunday.
With Manuel Pellegrini’s side also winning on Saturday in a 5-1 rout over Bournemouth, the two Premier League giants will know that a place at the top of the table will be on the line when they clash.
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