Man Utd direction thrills Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has expressed his delight at the potential of his side after he claiming his side have not played well for a full 90 minutes but still sit fourth, the BBC has reported.

A 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday meant the Red Devils climbed into the top four for the first time in over a year, despite their rocky start to the campaign.

Fans saw a defeat to Swansea alongside draws to Sunderland and Burnley – with a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of MK Dons in the League Cup in the Dutchman’s first four games in charge.

Following a four goal haul over QPR at home they suffered a 5-3 humbling at the hands of Leicester before two home wins that have seen them rise up the table with other teams also stumbling around them.

Yet their new boss, who succeeded the disastrous campaign of David Moyes, believes they have not put in a 90 minute performance as of yet and cannot wait to see them unlock their full potential.

He said: “I told my players, ‘We are not playing well but we are fourth in the table – so what will happen when we do play well?’

“We played well for one half, but we have to do it 90 minutes.

“It’s a little bit strange that every time the first half is very good. We started very good and the second half is so different.”

United face Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in their next five games following the international break in what will be their sternest tests yet.

Van Gaal will be hoping to implement his changes the best he can to take the pressure of a defence that has leaked 10 goals in seven games this season.

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