Manchester United moved up to third in the Premier League last night with a 2-1 over Southampton. Robin van Persie bagged both goals as the Red Devils made it five wins on the bounce.
Graziano Pelle had equalised after the Red Devils took the lead, and despite the fact that the home side looked the more likely to bag the win, Van Gaal's side came through despite only having three shots on target all game.
The Dutch boss revealed after the game that he laid into his team at half time in order to get them to up their game. Whatever he said evidently worked as Van Persie secured all three points.
The 2012 Champions looked limp in the first half as Southampton threatened to put the game to bed, however they looked much sharper in the second 45 and eventually got the win.
"The only chances Southampton created were when we lost the ball, and that was not good. We needed confidence on the ball, which we didn’t have, and I said something about that at half-time. I think we were better in the second half but Southampton (still) played better than us," the Manchester United boss said.
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He continued: “Our first goal was a gift and the second was made easier because I saw the goalkeeper coming out of his goal. We were very lucky. I didn’t see the confidence that I saw on the training ground earlier this week. We trained very well this week, and I did not see it on the match day - that is the most important time to show yourself.
"We didn’t give a lot away in the second half, maybe four chances, but Southampton were the better team. We were the lucky team. But I think it is a good signal (that we won)."
Neville's war of words with LVG
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville wasn’t impressed with what he saw, claiming they got away with murder by winning at St Mary’s while also comparing them to a pub team. Van Gaal wasn’t happy with Neville’s comments however and described him as an ‘ex-legend’ who ‘has to pay attention to his words’.
The Dutch coach said: "He can say everything because he is an ex-legend, but as an ex-legend, or a legend, you have to know what you are saying. You can interpret: make an interpretation of that.
"It's not so difficult to make an interpretation, when I say he has to pay attention to his words."
Bid for Strootman
Finally it seems as though Kevin Strootman is back on Manchester United’s radar - reports suggest that the Red Devils are putting together an offer ahead of the January window.