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Louis van Gaal on the win, the performance of the team and Wayne Rooney's goal


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says it is a relief to finally see his side find the back of the net after more than 400 minutes without a goal.

The Red Devils went top of Group B in the Champions League after the Englishman headed a late winner at Old Trafford.

And van Gaal was full of praise for his players after a hard-fought win over CSKA Moscow.

"It is a relief [to finally score a goal] because you have seen an attacking Manchester United team creating lots of chances against an organised team," van Gaal told reporters.

"It is always difficult to score goals. We had to wait a long time. We controlled the match for 89 minutes and for one minute we didn't control it.

"We could have been defeated again. If they had scored then I would be sitting here very differently. But we deserved, totally, to win so I am relieved but I am also proud.

"It is not so easy. Also, in the golden years of Manchester United I have read they never won against a Russian team at home. Everybody thinks it is easy but it is not easy. It is not easy for one club to win in the Champions League.

"I thank all of my players, not only Wayne Rooney.

"Wayne Rooney is always the centre of attention and I always have to answer questions about Wayne Rooney. Wayne is Wayne and he shall always contribute in the game.

"I am very happy because I put him in the striker position again and he scored. It was a fantastic goal; the preparation was fantastic. The tackle of Marcos Rojo, the pass of Michael Carrick, the cut-back of Jesse Lingard and the header of Wayne Rooney.

"It was fantastic, I am very happy about the performance of my players but also about the result and the fact that we are top of the group."

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