For Manchester United, their start to the Premier League season was hugely underwhelming following the heavy expenses of signed players intending to boost their level of performance from a year ago.
Louis van Gaal noted that his team would capture proper form in time, and although injuries continue to persist–namely to Radamel Falcao, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Rafael–Manchester managed to somehow snag a victory over an Arsenal side that had constantly attacked the Red Devils in the opening 45 minutes.
Wayne Rooney, who netted the game-winning goal in the 85th minute on a tap-in finish from a 2-on-1 break, admitted that his squad’s victory wasn’t very easy. However, the opportunity to gain three points was present, since Arsenal’s locked-in possession was bound to collapse at some point.
The former Everton forward thinks it was just a matter of capitalizing on such an instance, and he suggested that help from red-hot goalie David De Gea consistently kept Louis van Gaal’s team within victorious range.
“We weathered the storm at times, especially first half. Then we knew we could hit them on the counter-attack, we knew they were vulnerable on the break. We rode our luck at times, and our goalkeeper [David De Gea] was fantastic.”
Now that Manchester United has won three consecutive matches, players and coaches want to see that stretch extended, and looking forward to upcoming games against mid-table dwellers Hull City and Stoke City, Rooney expects encouraging outcomes.
“It’s been an indifferent start for us. We hope now we can go on a good run of games and judge the position we’re in after Christmas. We’ve got two home games coming up, we feel we should be taking six points out of them and we want to build a bit of momentum going into the new year. Today was a massive result in terms of starting that.”