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Louis van Gaal: my team Manchester United were very lucky against Southampton

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Dec 9th, 2014
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Louis van Gaal

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Manchester ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his team were lucky to beat Southampton after securing a 2-1 victory at St Mary’s.

Two goals from Robin van Persie gave the Red Devils all three points as they recorded their fifth successive win to move into third place in the table.

However, Van Gaal’s side were far from convincing and the Dutchman admits Southampton were the better team on the night.

“We lost the ball too easily in the first half,” he told reporters. “We didn’t have very good positional play.

“The only chances Southampton created were when we lost the ball. That was not good in spite of our good result. We got a present from Southampton.

“You need confidence on the ball which we don’t have, and I said something about that at half-time.

“In the second half we had a better part of the game but I think Southampton played better than Manchester United – we were the lucky guy.

“The first goal was a present of Southampton. The second he [Van Persie] made it very nice because I thought the goalkeeper would come out but he didn’t do it. We were very lucky.”

Van Gaal also explained why he substituted defender Paddy McNair in the first half, bringing on Ander Herrera in his place.

“He had not any confidence. He had already given three big chances away. I had to,” he added.

“It’s very disappointing for me and also for Paddy but I had to. Because as a manager I am responsible to win.

“After the change we played a little bit better. It’s tough but it’s also in his best interests.

“I have made a lot of changes already in 30 minutes and all the boys can survive. It is only one match, one moment in a lifetime.”

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