Louis van Gaal was “amazed” by the spirit shown by his Manchester United side during their 2-1 victory over Watford.
United took an early lead through Memphis Depay, and played at a better tempo than in previous games. Yet they almost threw away the points when Marcos Rojo fouled Odion Ighalo, allowing Troy Deeney to score a penalty.
Van Gaal was pleased with his side’s reaction to that hiccup, and the way they went on to win the match.
“I was amazed by the spirit in our team. I’m very proud that I am the manager,” he said. “It was a short time to play after the penalty but you have seen also the spirit of my team.
“It was amazing because even after the penalty we gave another injection into the game. In five minutes we had possibilities and scored a goal, that was the consequence of the spirit.
“I am very happy for Bastian Schweinsteiger. He needed a goal, he got it and our friend Memphis Depay also scored a beautiful goal. I am a happy coach.”
Van Gaal also singled out Depay for further praise after the forward answered his critics by scoring the opening goal.
“In the first half he was superb. I think the role is the best role for him. I knew he could do this.”