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Louis van Gaal wants to build on Arsenal victory

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Louis van Gaal has told his Manchester United players that they must forget their win against Arsenal and look to build spirit by winning their next two home games.

The Red Devils sealed their first away win of the season against a hapless Gunners side on Saturday night thanks to an own goal from Kieran Gibbs and Wayne Rooney, who grabbed the second. It is a result that could reawaken Manchester United's season after a poor start.

However, Van Gaal was quick to play down the idea of his new team going on a winning streak on the back of this impressive victory. Instead, the Dutchman has called for players to get their feet back on the ground and focus on their next two games.

"Of course, it is the first away victory so the players were very excited in the dressing room but, okay, it is only one victory."

Turning point

“It was a fantastic result,” Van Gaal told reporters.

“We had a lot of injuries and in spite of that we have won. In an away match, it is very difficult. Arsenal are a very good team, an attacking team and that I knew in advance.

“We have to wait and see (if this is a turning point) Of course, it is the first away victory so the players were very excited in the dressing room but, okay, it is only one victory.

“We have to confirm that with victories in the next two games that we play at home. Then we can say, okay, we have the spirit now and we will go looking at upstairs and not downstairs.”

Easy games

Manchester United face two games at Old Trafford against Hull City and Stoke City in the coming match days. They will be expected to win both games, but there are no guarantees with this team.

The 13-time Premier League champions have already suffered shock defeats to Swansea City and Leicester City this season and struggled to beat Crystal Palace prior to the international break.

“It’s unbelievably difficult to create the consistency in the team - because I have to change my line-up every week”

Having finally broken into the top four, Manchester United will be keen to close in on the likes of Southampton and Manchester City by beating teams they would have easily disposed of under Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, Van Gaal will have to do so while managing an injury crisis that continues to spiral out of control. Luke Shaw left Emirates Stadium in a protective boot having just recovered from a previous injury.

Injury crisis

Van Gaal says he will struggle to create consistency with such an injury crisis.

“It’s unbelievably difficult to create the consistency in the team - because I have to change my line-up every week,” added Van Gaal.

“Maybe you don’t know but I am a coach who always has the same line-up, maybe I change one or two. But not constantly so many players. I have also changed the formation. It is not always good to create optimism in the team.

“Shaw has to play. Then he is coming back from the international break with the English national team and he is not fit enough. We make him fit. Then he is injured with another injury. Then I have to give Ashley Young a game but Young is not fit enough to play 90 minutes.

“But I think the players have done fantastic. Blackett, McNair and Luke Shaw - how old are they? You play against a top team like Arsenal and they are always changing position, so you need a lot of communication. I think that is pretty good.”

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