English Premiership

LVG eyes further improvement

2014-12-15 08:13
Louis van Gaal (AFP)
Cape Town - Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has urged his players to keep on improving following a 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Red Devils broke the deadlock after just 12 minute of play, with skipper Wayne Rooney bagging the all-important goal.

Juan Mata doubled their advantage with a straightforward finish at the back post on 40 minutes, before Robin van Persie put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute.

While Van Gaal has plenty of positives to take away from his side's performance, he did admit that they made too many defensive mistakes, reports Football411.

He told Sky Sports 1: "I think we have scored wonderful goals. We kept the shape really good but in spite of the goals we gave a lot of chances away. We have to improve.

"It was so easy playing in the second half because we had so much space but nevertheless we gave the ball away. I have to ask the players why."

David De Gea picked up the man-of-the-match award after producing an impressive performance to deny the likes of Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli on more than occasion.

When asked if the Spanish shot-stopper was the most influential player on the pitch on Sunday, Van Gaal said: "You can always say some players are the most influential and of course De Gea did very well.

"But I can mention other players who had a big influence on the game today."

Reflecting on the difference between Sunday's 3-0 victory over the Reds and their previous result, a 2-1 triumph over Southampton, he added: "Today I think we were the better team and we deserved to win so it was not the same as in Southampton.

"We pressed more in front today which is always the key. It is a matter of a process and it is very important that we win because then they believe in the philosophy."

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