Manchester United manager has praised his side’s resilience after their progression from the third round of the FA Cup, as reported by ManUtd.com.
The Red Devils managed to progress past League One side Yeovil Town, but it took until late in the game for them to break the deadlock and ensure an expected victory.
Ander Herrera latched on to a bouncing ball, volleying it past the flailing Yeovil goalkeeper, and from that point on, the win looked relatively assured.
However, it was left to £59.7 million summer signing Angel Di Maria to wrap up the game, as he completed a swooping counter attack by hitting home the second goal of the game.
It was Louis van Gaal’s first experience in England’s most coveted cup competition, and he was full of praise for his troops after their display in the match.
“It’s always difficult to play against such teams,” Van Gaal said.
“They gave us not so much time and every ball came under pressure. I have lot of respect for the players and coach of Yeovil Town – it was not so easy for us.
“In the second half, we had a little bit more time and space, we played better and were more patient.
“We kept the ball better also and, because of that, we could score the winning goal.
“We dominated the game, more so in the second half. They had one chance from a set-piece, but we were organised and Angel Di Maria cleared it away. It’s just simple organisation. I think they maybe had one more chance after a mistake from one of my players, but that’s it.
“[Herrera’s strike] was class, and not his first from outside the box. It had a little bit of luck, but you need that, I’m very happy for him.”
Man Utd sit third in the Premier League after the festive period.