Manchester United bagged an important three points after defeating Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao either side of a Steven Naismith equaliser. However, things could’ve been a lot different for the red half of Manchester had David de Gea not saved Leighton Baines’ penalty kick on the stroke of half-time – it was the England international’s first miss in the Premier League, 14 out of 15, now.
Post-match Red Devils gaffer Louis van Gaal heaped praise on his Spanish No.1, telling BT Sport:
“When you save a penalty and make three magnificent saves in the dying minutes, you are great. We won the game because of that.”
The Dutchman was quick to comment on another impressive performance from summer signing Angel di Maria:
“When you set up and score goals, what more can you ask?
“When you do that every week – and he does – we have to be very pleased.”
Rather worryingly for United’s Premier League rivals, van Gaal added: “I have told the players we are not playing well but we are fourth in the table. What is coming when we play well?”