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Louis van Gaal: Why the Shrewsbury Town game turned our negative season to a positive one


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says the 3-0 away win at Shrewsbury Town was a turning point for his side.

The Red Devils were coming from two very disappointing defeats before easing past Micky Mellon's men to start an impressive run completed yesterday with a 1-0 home win at Watford.

They are ten points from the top of the table with the Dutchman convinced that his players will recover in time to beat West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

"I am very happy for the players because they have fought until the end, and they knew out on the pitch that our competitors were losing," van Gaal said after the game.

"We wanted to win, you have to win against Watford at home, I think, but it was a difficult game because of the wind.

"It became a physical game and, when you see the size of our opponents compared to us, it's very difficult for us. We fought until the end and scored a goal, so I am very happy for them.

"We have to win also against West Brom, because we have to continue this, and then you're close again [to the contenders].

"Against Arsenal, we played very well, and today was more of a fighting game. Watford were making it very difficult for us, so the victory tastes very good, especially when our competitors have lost.

"We are fighting. In the fight, we can play fantastic matches against Arsenal, and I believe against Midtjylland we also played very well.

"The win against Shrewsbury Town was the start of the run of victories; I think the youngsters have given us a lot of spirit, and now when you see the dressing room full of joy with all the players laughing, it's beautiful to see.

"I think that shall also accelerate the recovery of the players."

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