Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hoping that his side’s 3-0 victory over Everton is the start of a good run of results.
The Reds were desperate for a win and a response to the horrific performance away to Arsenal before the international break and duly got it as they cruised to victory. Man United were barely troubled, as they picked up all three points with a comfortable 3-0 win.
United have a tough run of fixtures still to come, having already faced trips to both Arsenal and Everton. League leaders Manchester City visit Old Trafford next week in a game that van Gaal thinks can show United’s title aspirations.
The manager said after the Everton game: “I am very happy with the response of my players and I am very proud of the performance,” he said after watching his side despatch Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.
“I think it was an excellent performance and maybe it is the start of many, many victories.”
United will want to replicate the display as many times as they can, as it was one of their better showings since van Gaal took over. They controlled the game from start to finish but van Gaal knows that consistency is key.
“We have to be more consistent, so next week when we win against Manchester City then we can say, ‘OK, now we think maybe about title aspirations’.”
United sit two points behind their city rivals in the Premier League, making next week’s clash all the more important. A win for the Reds at Old Trafford would be a huge boost, both in terms of the title race and psychologically. It will certainly be a real test for United but now that they have found some form they will want to continue their good run.
Before City come to Old Trafford, van Gaal’s men have to make the trip to Moscow to face CSKA in the Champions League. They will have their work cut out for them but it will give United an opportunity to keep improving in time for the derby next Sunday.