Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was full of praise for his players, following the last-minute winner against Watford.
Man United showed great character to go and get a winner having been pulled back to 1-1 in the 86th minute by Tory Deeney’s penalty. Having conceded so late on, it seemed as if the side would have to settle for a point but Bastian Schweinsteiger forced the winner in the final minute to give the Reds a massive victory.
As soon as Watford were back on level terms, United meant business, as they were straight up the other end trying to find a winner. It was reminiscent of the old days under Sir Alex Ferguson, when the team always looked like they would get a win, regardless of the circumstances. Current manager Louis van Gaal was delighted with his players following a crucial away victory.
“We gave away a penalty but you saw the spirit of the team,” says Louis van Gaal.
“I’m very proud to be manager of these players.”
"We gave away a penalty but you saw the spirit of the team," says Louis van Gaal. "I'm very proud to be manager of these players." #mufc
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It was clear that the players realised the importance of three points in the early kick-off on Saturday. Following the victory, defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City meant United ended the weekend ahead of both sides, just one point behind Leicester at the top of the table.
The win could be a defining one for the Reds, who were missing six first team players through injury or illness. It was a massive win with all things considered and it could be one that van Gaal looks back on at the end of the season as a turning point.