AUDIO: Van Gaal praises United for playing to “kill the game” & speaks about title challenge


Following United’s 3-2 away win over Southampton, Sky Sports spoke to Louis Van Gaal. The manager was pleased that his side were able to come from behind and are starting to show some more killer instinct.

He described the interplay between Martial and Depay as fantastic, and also highlighted the contributions of substitutes Valencia and Schweinsteiger, who provided better containment and control, respectively.

Speaking about Martial, the boss acknowledged that he is “always an attacking point, always running in behind, and he keeps the ball, so he is very important for us already.” Van Gaal also admitted that the young striker may also be capable of “more consistency than I had expected.”

As for the 44 passes that led up to Mata’s goal, the manager was clearly delighted – “Fantastic,” he said. “Then you can finish it… unbelievable!”

Van Gaal also hailed a fantastic performance from De Gea, who showed his class to make a “remarkable save” and protect the 3 points for United in the tense final minutes of the game.

“We are very happy he shall stay with us – that’s why we were difficult in the transfer period with Real Madrid,” he added.

With United just 2 points behind City, the manager was asked about any hopes of a title challenge: “We shall always strive for the title, but you cannot expect a title from a team in transition. When we are close, we will grab it.”

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