Manchester United have gained traction in their efforts to qualify for the Champions League, having notched impressive victories against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Aston Villa. However, Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has said his team must do better in order to cement their place in the top four.
“Of course it plays a part in the spirit of the players – of our opponents also,” Van Gaal said. We have more confidence now and when they lose a point against, I believe Crystal Palace, then it’s also sitting in the minds, so maybe it plays a role. But that is dependable of the individual player and I don’t know the individual players of Manchester City so well. I cannot judge. It’s relevant after Monday night [if] they have lost points but still the next game [the derby] is the decisive game.”
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney once again played an important role scoring the goal of the match continuing his fine form since returning upfront for the Red Devils.
This is definitely the happiest the Old Trafford faithful have been since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and the mood around Manchester United is certainly confident of finishing above both bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool last seasons top two teams.
The Manchester United manager has noted the recent run of form may be down to the change in the midfield that saw the likes of Carrick, Fellani and Ander Herrera combining perfectly create a dynamic unbeatable force.
Van Gaal spoke highly of Ander Herrera after the Villa match.
“He’s more composed with the ball, positionally he is playing better than in the beginning. So he develops and he scores goals. It’s very important because when you can score seven goals [all season] and you don’t play regularly, then who can do it better than him as a midfield player?”
With nothing left to play for, Manchester United will know success may be hanging on whether they can qualify for the Champions League however, on the basis of their current form it seems to a question of when they qualify rather than if.
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