Southampton: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal conceded that he was indebted to Robin van Persie after the Dutch striker’s brace earned his below-par side a 2-1 victory at Southampton.
United’s Robin van Persie
United prevailed at St Mary’s on Monday despite an error-strewn display in which they mustered only three attempts at goal, with Van Persie netting either side of Graziano Pelle’s first-half equaliser.
It gave United a fifth consecutive win and sent them up to third place in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s home game with old enemies Liverpool, but Van Gaal admitted that his team had been “lucky”.
“I think that not only the goals are telling something about Robin van Persie, I think also his performance,” the Dutchman told his post-match press conference.