Louis van Gaal says club can challenge for title

“What pleases me most about him is that he scores goals”, said Van Gaal.


The Red Devils came from behind to win 3-2 at St Mary’s and moved up to second place in the Barclays Premier League table – with new arrival Anthony Martial scoring twice for Van Gaal’s team.

Louis van Gaal claims that victory at Southampton is a “statement” that Manchester United will compete for a title they can not be expected to win.

Koeman said that Southampton had “lost by ourselves” and his irritation was centred on how United’s second was created by an under-hit Maya Yoshida backpass. Juan Mata thought he’d killed the game when he added a third, but a late second from Pelle ensured a nervy finish.

“Southampton are a very hard team, which changes the situation because in the first 30 minutes we played badly”.

Playing in front of the man expecting to become United’s all-time record goalscorer this season, the young French striker looked anything but green and his brace was as clinical as Robin van Persie’s at this very ground previous year .

Manchester United recovered from their defeat in the week by securing the three points against Southampton on Sunday.

“Maybe you have twisted his words”, he said. That is also remarkable.

Schweinsteiger won eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups and the Champions League during a decorated career with the Bavarian club. “It was fantastic. Therefore, we are very happy that we shall stay with us”.

The manager and his Saints team host United in the Premier League having scored in only two of their five league fixtures played so far this season.

“When you are 19, you can not expect consistency”.

Then Ciftci, who had been brought on to replace Griffiths in the 57th minute, struck to make it 6-0 and in so doing grabbed his first goal for the Hoops since joining from Dundee United in the summer.

The visitors eventually leveled matters in the 34th minute when Anthony Martial showed great composure to beat Virgil Van Dijk, before slotting past Martin Stekelenberg. “I hate players who play the ball back to the goalkeeper”.


“I will tell them the same story [about backpasses], it is always a risk. We have to learn from that because we made that mistake past year “. “When you do that, it is a good example for our philosophy, but it is also confirmation that we are on the right way”.

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