You see, when you endure the type — and amount — of criticism that the Man United boss has done during his first 15 months in charge, you deserve to pat yourself on the back after a resounding victory over your most hated rivals, as was the case at Old Trafford on Saturday.
If you’re a Liverpool fan, it’s probably time for you to look away now.
LVG: "For me, Liverpool is a fantastic club. Because I have won every game against Liverpool."— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) September 12, 2015
That’s classic LVG, and precisely why everything either loves or loathes the 64-year-old Dutch man.
Suffice to say, Van Gaal was well pleased with his side’s performance — quotes from the BBC:
“We played better in the first half. We had far more control, but we didn’t create much, that is why I changed Memphis (Depay) — to improve that last pass.
“I am very happy with the first goal because that is what we practiced in many training sessions and now it is coming out. The first goal decided the match because they had to come at us, giving us more space and so we could score more.
“The penalty was fantastic and then the goal of Anthony Martial, not a bad goal I think. He did alright. He scored a marvelous goal and physically he can play in the Premier League.”