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Van Gaal ‘happy’ with Leicester performance

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal was pleased to see Manchester United win against Leicester City and win convincingly after a troublesome run of form.

A change back to 4-4-2 reaped its rewards in the first half as United marched into a 3-0 half-time lead, reminiscent of September’s win against Queens Park Rangers.

United went through the motions later in the game as the likes of Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and the impressive Adnan Januzaj controlled the match throughout.

Goals from van Persie, Radamel Falcao and an own goal put United in their comfort zone and van Gaal said he was very pleased to ‘dominate’ a match.

“I’m always happy when we win and when we win with three goals,” he told MUTV. “Two goals’ difference so I’m very pleased. We lost the away match and we have taken revenge of that.

“We have dominated the game, especially in the first half. In the second half, I wanted to kill the game but I have to admit my players did kill the game too much! They played backwards too much. I think you have to wait for the moment you can play forwards and then play it forwards. Nevertheless, we could have scored two goals more and they scored out of nothing.”

United’s speed of passing was particularly impressive in the first half with all their star attackers combining on the pitch.

With Daley Blind shining in front of the defence, the attackers could do their job and van Gaal was happy with what he saw and pleased his players got their rewards.

“Sometimes but not in every attack. That is also not possible, though, because you have seen our opponent has defended with two rows of four and also one of the strikers dropping into his own half. Then it’s very difficult to continue with high-speed attacks so you have to be patient. Today, we were patient enough in the first half and I think we scored three fantastic goals. I’m happy as we have a great result.”

United now host Cambridge in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday night and a similar performance would further lift the mood around Old Trafford.

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