Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was relieved to grind out a precious 0-1 win at Norwich City on Saturday afternoon as his side continue their quest for a top four finish. Juan Mata’s second half strike was enough to settle a nervy match that was low on quality but high on tension, with the hosts’ relegation all but sealed with the result and United a point behind Manchester City in 4th.
Speaking to BT Sport and MUTV, the Dutchman had this to say: “Yes, it’s so important that we are still in business and we keep in business by keeping the pressure on our competitors. It’s so important. I’m very happy. It’s not easy as Norwich are fighting against relegation and we have to win because we lost two points against Leicester. Now we are still in the race.”
Attention now turns to Sunday’s game at the Etihad, where anything other than a win for City against Arsenal will leave United able to finish fourth, should they win their remaining two games. “I’m more or less tomorrow, indeed, a Gunners fan but it will be a tough game between these kind of teams. Especially after the defeat to Real Madrid, it is not so easy for Manchester City to revive themselves.”