Manchester United Coach Van Gaal reacts on the big win at Arsenal
Premier League – Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United
Coach Van Gaal – Man Utd – speaks about the first away win of the season
“It was a fantastic result. We had a lot of injuries and in spite of that we have won. In an away match, it is very difficult. Arsenal are a very good team, an attacking team and that I knew in advance.
“That is why I chose this strategy and at the end I can laugh, but at the same time, you can imagine that if Arsenal could have scored one of the four or five chances in the first half then maybe this would have been another game.
“We have to wait and see. Of course, it is the first away victory so the players were very excited in the dressing room but, okay, it is only one victory. We have to confirm that with victories in the next two games that we play at home. Then we can say, okay, we have the spirit now and we will go looking at upstairs and not downstairs.”
Forward Wayne Rooney:
“We weathered the storm at times, especially in the first half, and then we knew we could hit them on the counter attack, we knew they were vulnerable on the break and we did that.
“We rode our luck at times, our goalkeeper was fantastic for us today but we hit them with two good goals. It was quite a difficult game, they had a lot of possession but we hit them on the break and that was our game plan.
“We knew we had to get as many players into the defence as we could and we did that by putting five at the back. We had a bit of experience in myself, Michael and Fellaini in the midfield to try and protect them and I felt we did that well at times”.