Louis van Gaal was “very happy” with his Manchester United players following their 1-0 victory over Watford on Wednesday night.
Following a difficult Christmas period, van Gaal’s Man United have finally found some form as they reach the squeaky bum stage of the season with a fierce fight for a top four finish on the horizon.
The loss of momentum saw the tide change among United’s support with calls for Jose Mourinho and even Mauricio Pochettino to takeover should the Dutchman face the sack. Several reports suggested van Gaal’s time was up but he’s still sat in the hotseat at Old Trafford and is happy with how his young crop of players are performing.
Speaking about the 1-0 win over Watford, van Gaal said: “I am very happy for the players because they have fought until the end, and they knew out on the pitch that out competitors were losing.
“We wanted to win, you have to win against Watford at home, I think, but it was a difficult game because of the wind. It became a physical game and, when you see the size of our opponents compared to us, it’s very difficult for us. We fought until the end and scored a goal, so I am very happy for them.”
Van Gaal has received criticism for dire standards of football, poor results and not comprehending the United way of doing things. The fans know retirement is not miles away for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, so any argument that explores reasoning to stick by him could be considered flawed.
Then, you have Mourinho in the background without a job. The board finds themselves wondering what could happen if another club snaps Mourinho up and they’re left without any alternatives. Sometimes it’s worth gambling in football, therefore, it will be an intriguing couple of months at Old Trafford.