Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has come out to praise his depleted squad after managing to overcome a resilient Watford side 1-0, Skysports reports.
United went into the game with a host of injury problems as academy starlet Timothy Fosu-Mensah started alongside Daley Blind in centre-back, while Marcus Rashford continued his role up top.
The Hornet had a number of chances due to various defensive mishaps, but were unable to find the net as Red Devils star Juan Mata scored a well placed free kick to reward his side with all three points.
Van Gaal revealed that he was very happy with the result despite the momentum of the match, but was boosted after the results of other fixtures went his way.
“I’m so happy for the players as the circumstances weren’t very good for playing good football,” he said.
“It was more a physical game. They were twice the size of our players. I’m very proud of my team as to beat Watford is a fantastic result and also at the moment our competitors are losing.
“When you win four times in a row, it is always good. We are in three competitions, but we have a problem as we have a very small group and a very full programme. It’s difficult.”
The Red Devils are now level with fourth place Manchester City, who still have a game in hand, but saw their gap decreased following their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Arsenal, who sit in third, suffered a 2-1 loss to Swansea City, while second place Tottenham Hotspur were beaten by West Ham United 1-0.