English Premiership

United coach hails star duo

2014-10-06 09:26
David De Gea and Angel Di Maria (Supplied)

Cape Town - Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal hailed the match-winning performances of Angel Di Maria and David de Gea in the 2-1 triumph over Everton on Sunday.

Read: More to come from Red Devils

Di Maria was named man of the match after the Old Trafford encounter, having opened the scoring on 27 minutes before assisting Radamel Falcao for his first goal in United colours after the hour mark.

De Gea produced a fine one-handed save to deny Leighton Baines from the penalty spot just before the half-time break after Luke Shaw had brought down Tony Hibbert inside the area.

The Toffees had briefly been level when Steven Naismith headed home a 55th-minute equaliser, and they could even have taken the lead but for the heroics of De Gea, who made four crucial saves to deny the visitors a way back into the contest.

United made it back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season, and while Van Gaal admits there is still plenty of room for improvement, he praised the duo for their key contributions on the day.

"When you hold the penalty out in the dying seconds, you hold three magnificent saves, then you are great because you win the game because of that," the Dutchman told BT Sport 1 after the game.

"When you give assists and also you score goals, what can you ask more of a player?

"But of course we have to improve in a lot of things and also Di Maria has to improve. When you do that every week - and he does that every week - then we have to be very pleased with him."

Di Maria was quick to pay tribute to his team-mate De Gea for an outstanding showing to preserve the three points.

The Argentine star said: "I think David is the guy the who deserves this reward rather than myself, he saved us throughout the game and particularly towards the end and the penalty as well so not only him but the rest of the side deserve this."

Did you read: I'm here to stay - Louis van Gaal


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.