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Louis van Gaal: What I told Jesse Lingard in training that helped him score against WBA


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was delighted after his side registered a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.

22-year-old Jesse Lingard and midfielder Juan Mata made sure of all three points for the Red Devils who moved to just one point from leaders Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City.

And after the win, the Dutchman also explained what he told the Englishman during training before the game.

"I expected this line up [from West Brom] with the holding midfielder," van Gaal explained.

"They played with 10 men behind the ball and sometimes the striker was also defending, so I think we've done very well. I said at half-time that we had to continue and be patient, because the goal was coming.

"Every manager has the right to choose his strategy and we have to organise ourselves against that. We could have played the ball more quickly in the first half; in the second half I believe we did better, until the first goal, after which we forgot to continue to play football, Nevertheless, that changed the game.

"Goals are always the most important thing in a game but we're still not giving many chances away, only Berahino's header.

"We have won a difficult game that we lost last year. Because of that, [West Brom manager] Tony Pulis chose this strategy but now we have won and improved again.

"Of course, it was again a fantastic goal because Jesse Lingard scored his first goal today.

"In the training session earlier this week, he had these chances but shot directly, I told him to control the ball first because with that touch you have more of a feel of the ball - he did today it and scored a fantastic goal.

"I'm very happy for him, he deserves it because I think he played very well. I'm a happy manager today.

"We played three games in a row without scoring a goal, though we had more than enough chances. That's why you look for solutions and one of those was to bring Jesse into the team."

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