Louis van Gaal admitted “it’s a nice feeling to be top of the table” after Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-0 in the Premier League.
Goals from Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata helped Manchester United ease to victory over bottom-of-the-table Sunderland at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils topping the table as a result for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Van Gaal spoke of his delight at topping the table after bitter rivals Manchester City slipped up at Tottenham, while the Dutchman also discussed a tactical change he made at half-time.
“It’s a nice feeling to be top of the table, it’s the first time in my period so I’m happy,” Van Gaal said. “It’s always difficult when you play against a team who is only defending and counting on the counter-attack. You have to be aware and I have to admit my defence was very good today.
“I was very happy with the goal in extra-time because they punished themselves. They were always wasting time and the referee was not reacting to that.
“A goal is the biggest influence in a game and I changed my approach at half-time because of that. It became another game but they didn’t come at us very much.”