Louis van Gaal has explained how Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford with a “risky” first-half tactic.
Young striker Marcus Rashford scored twice for the second game in a week as United dinted Arsenal’s title hopes with a memorable victory on Sunday.
Ander Herrera also scored for the hosts, while Danny Welbeck netted on his return to the club, and Mesut Ozil scored a late consolation.
Pressure was mounting on manager Van Gaal after a 2-1 defeat to FC Midtjylland in the Europa League last-32 first leg, but three wins and 11 goals in one week across three competitions will ease speculation somewhat.
Discussing his side’s victory, Van Gaal said: “The performance and the result was pleasing, when you are playing against one of the best Premier League teams and can play with such ambition and performance.
“We played very high in the first half, that is risky against a team like Arsenal but we changed things in the second half and were very compact.”
On Rashford, who scored twice on his first-team debut against Midtyjlland on Thurday and twice again in a win which puts United within three points of the Champions League places, Van Gaal told BBC Sport: “It is unbelievable. I can understand Thursday. The second time is always more difficult. Four goals in two matches.”