Man Utd fluency pleases van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal praised the way his side played in his 4-4-2 formation as they registered a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Sunderland, Sky Sports has reported.

The home side failed to build any considerable momentum in the first half, where Ashley Young came close to scoring with a shot that went narrowly over, while defender John O’Shea almost scored an own goal when his attempted clearance cannoned off the bar. At the other end, Connor Wickham saw his powerful low effort saved by David De Gea.

The second half saw a much more authoritative performance from United as they dominated possession and territory. They finally made the breakthrough on 66 minutes when Radamel Falcao was brought down for a penalty. Although, O’Shea appeared to be the offender, referee Roger East dismissed Wes Brown, before Wayne Rooney converted from the spot.

The captain then added the second eight minutes from time with a low shot past Costel Pantilimon which ensured United move back up to third in the Premier League table above Arsenal, who face Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

After the game, van Gaal said: “The first half could be better but in the second half we have controlled the match, scored goals, created chances and we didn’t give any chances away.I’m very pleased.

“We have played this system against Chelsea, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. At that time the balance was not so well as today. That’s a big step in the process. You can’t always play in this system. This is dependable on a lot of aspects in your team but also the opponent.”

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