Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is adamant that his side are still in the title race following their 1-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday, Mirror reports.
Van Gaal’s side were second best for most of the fixture, but the Merseyside club couldn’t break the deadlock and were punished when Wayne Rooney’s half volley found the back of the net in the 78th minute.
The England international is on a fine goal-scoring run and with league leaders Arsenal only managing a draw against Stoke City, Van Gaal believes the Red Devils can still catch up to the Gunners in the second half of the campaign.
He said: “To beat Liverpool is always important, and today it was important because our competitors have lost points.
“When you get it like this, then maybe it is seven points off the top of the table – and seven points you can oversee that. That’s what I’m thinking.”
Regarding the title race, he added: “It depends on results. We are seven points behind and there are a lot of matches still to go. We started 2016 very well with a lot of wins, and we haven’t lost.
“This game shall give a big boost to the players, fans, everybody at Manchester United. We have to continue of course and it’s not so easy, but we showed we can do it – we have shown every week we can do it.”
On the other hand, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was irritated that his team were unable to finish off their chances, while also criticising their lack of awareness in defending set pieces.
“It’s really bad. It’s a derby and in a derby you only have one job to do – to win it,” he said.
“That’s the only possibility to be satisfied after the game. United at this moment will be happy. You can talk about their performance and it wasn’t that good, but they can be happy.
“It’s frustrating, because there were many things that were good, but our finishing was not good, because we would have scored a goal. And three mistakes around their goal were too much, against a team of the quality of Man Utd was too much.
“The set-piece, we didn’t defend it well, we reorganised before it.”
Next weekend, Liverpool will travel to Carrow Road in their next Premier League fixture, while Man United host Southampton at Old Trafford.