Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said he is excited by his team’s potential after they climbed up the table into fourth position despite them not playing to their potential for a full 90 minutes.
The Dutchman said after his side’s 2-1 victory over Everton: “I told my players, ‘We are not playing well but we are fourth in the table – so what will happen when we do play well?'”
United took the lead on Sunday afternoon after Juan Mata laid the ball off to British record signing Angel Di Maria, who curled a shot with power and accuracy past Tim Howard and into the bottom right-hand corner. Leighton Baines then had a penalty saved by United keeper David de Gea with the last kick of the first half.
Everton levelled the game in the second period after Steven Naismith steered a header home after Baines whipped in a cross, but it didn’t last long after Di Maria blasted what looked like a shot low into the area from distance, and Radamel Falcao got on the end of it to give the Red Devils the lead again.
At the other end, Everton constantly tested Spanish stopper De Gea but the home side held on for the win.
Fourth place in the Premier League is United’s highest position they have found themselves in for over a year.
Manchester United are currently the 1.71 favourites to win at West Brom on October 20 in their next league game after the international break.