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Louis van Gaal on the win, going top of the league and individual performances


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was a happy man after his side took all three points against Sunderland to move to the top of the English Premier League.

The Red Devils leapfrogged rivals Manchester City after the Citizens suffered a heavy defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

United are at home against Wolfsburg on Wednesday in the Champions League before three very tough away matches at Arsenal, Everton and CSKA Moscow.

"Last season at this stage I think we were in 13th position in the league table, so I'm a happy coach," van Gaal told reporters.

"I was also very happy for the fans. In the second half we controlled the game more than we attacked. And I hope that the fans have understanding for that. But I was very pleased with the third goal because it was a reflection of the game.

"I am pleased for them [Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney] but for me it does not make any difference because for me we have to make goals as a team. Who makes them is not so important. You have to beat your opponents and when you make one more goal than the opponents, you are the winner. That is the game.

"I am very pleased with the performance of Anthony [Martial as well] because he is not only a goalscorer, he is also an attacking point and he also prepares goals. So for us he is more important than I thought before he came.

"What I want of a striker is that he is an attacking point, that he is running in behind, preparing goals and running to the first post. These are not all the aspects of a striker, but Anthony Martial has done that today so I am pleased with his performance, but he can still be better and other players can be better.

"This is why I don't want to say too much about individual performances because, as a manager, there is always something you can improve.

"When I say what a player can improve then it is in the press and you don't know what is happening with your remarks and that is our problem as a manager."

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