Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: Liverpool win crucial in top-four race

After Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield, manager Louis van Gaal believes the victory could be crucial for their hopes of finishing the season in the top-four of the Premier League, reports Sky Sports.

Manchester United outplayed their opponents at Anfield, which sees them five points clear in the race for top-four. They came into Sunday afternoon’s clash boasting good form and a win against Liverpool back in December. But since the previous defeat, Brendan Rodgers’ side had been unbeaten in the Premier League, and were being backed for Champions League football come May.

United’s surprise win on the weekend turns things on its head somewhat, as they are now in pole position to occupy the last Champions League spot in the table. It was the sole objective he had upon his summer appointment, and van Gaal is so far meeting his targets.

He knows just how important the win over Liverpool is for their chances of European participation for 2015/16, and their performance against their rivals and direct competition was perfect at a perfect time.

“It’s amazing for the fans because we have beaten Liverpool three times in one season. We now have a gap to positions five, six and seven, which is very important. I thought in the first half we played very well. “In spite of the pressure from Liverpool we kept the ball and we could create a lot of possibilities,” said Van Gaal.

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