Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was upbeat after his side’s 2-1 win over Swansea yesterday, praising the team’s attacking players.
The Red Devils have been lambasted in the press and by their own fans for a host of abject offensive displays this term, with goals hard to come by for the historic club.
A run of games without victory had increased pressure on Van Gaal, with rumblings he could well be sacked in the near future.
The win over the Welsh side acts as a reprieve for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, while moving the Old Trafford outfit a step closer to the top four.
With Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial both scoring in the team’s win over Swansea, Van Gaal was quick to praise the side’s attacking emphasis.
“We’ve started the new year very well,” he told the club’s official website.
“I think we played very risky, very attacking, with three defenders, but we wanted to win and scored two fantastic goals today. That’s the difference.
“Our [attacking tactics] were because of the quality of the opponent and the shape of the opponent. We always look to a gameplan that suits us more and also that the opponent doesn’t expect.
“That’s the reason – it’s not that we want to play risky football. Against Chelsea we played with a lot of space behind us and also today. But we have won and the most important thing is we have scored two fantastic goals.”
United are now two points behind Tottenham in fifth place, while they host Sheffield United in the FA Cup next weekend.