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Louis van Gaal on the win, Marcus Rashford's goal and Wayne Rooney's performance


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was not impressed with his side's performance against Aston Villa but was satisfied with the performance of England striker Wayne Rooney.

The Red Devils edged past the Villans at Old Trafford to keep their Top Four finish hopes alive.

And it was once again Marcus Rashford who scored the only goal of the game much to the delight of the Dutchman.

"It was not our best performance, of course, you have seen it for yourself," van Gaal told reporters.

"I think we played too slowly and it was also difficult as they were playing very defensively and very compact. So then you need quicker play, quicker ball speed and so on.

"We created in the first half enough chances to finish with two goals and then the motivation also with the players of Villa shall be less and the game is more easy.

"It is not like that - we didn't finish and, at the end, could have drawn and I think that is also not good.

"We could also have scored with Memphis when there was also the save by the goalkeeper and the post. We have to finish much earlier. We could have done that and then the motivation of Villa is less than ever. You can finish the game but, now, still the motivation was there and Villa could have scored also.

"It was also good movement [by Marcus Rashford when we scored], I have to say, as he runs for the first ball and then cut off because there was no space for that. Antonio Valencia was very good to see that and he [Rashford] scored a very good and important goal.

"[Wayne Rooney?] That pass [in the build-up to the goal] was fantastic.

"He did a lot of switches. I think he played a very good first half but, in the second half, you could see he was tired. He was losing the ball [several times] in a row but that's also logical when you're not playing for two months and not training for two months. It is difficult to adapt to the rhythm of the Premier League."

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