Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal praised his side’s “amazing spirit” after a stoppage time winner to beat Watford 2-1.
The win took the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League, if only temporarily.
Memphis opened the scoring within 11 minutes, before Watford’s Troy Deeney looked to have earned a draw for Watford with a late penalty. Bastian Schweinsteiger saved the day for the Red Devils though.
“It was a short time to play after the penalty but you have seen also the spirit of my team,” said the Dutchman.
“It was amazing because even after the penalty we gave another injection into the game. In five minutes we had possibilities and scored a goal, that was the consequence of the spirit.
I am very happy for Bastian Schweinsteiger. He needed a goal, he got it and our friend Memphis Depay also scored a beautiful goal. I am a happy coach.”
On the topic of the heavily scrutinised Memphis, LVG had more praise to add.
“In the first half he was superb. I think the role is the best role for him. I knew he could do this.”
While not the swashbucklers they once were, United are getting results.
“We are fighting for the first position in the league. We are closer every week but the end is the most important,” LVG asserted.
Louis Van Gaal’s side went 641 minutes without conceding a goal before Troy Deeney’s strike from the penalty spot.