One glaring reason why Manchester United are back to winning ways

One glaring reason why Manchester United are back to winning ways

We scored two lovely goals.

The England skipper's 238th United goal sent him one clear of Denis Law and 11 behind the legendary Bobby Charlton, while he also moved ahead of another Old Trafford favourite, Andrew Cole, with his 188th Premier League strike.

However, Swansea-who had triumphed 2-1 in Van Gaal's first match in charge of Manchester United at the start of the 2014-15 season-hit back through Gylfi Sigurdsson after 70 minutes.

Newspaper reports have linked Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy with a switch to Old Trafford while Sadio Mane and Ayoze Perez have also been mentioned as attainable targets should Van Gaal want to add more firepower.

United's under-fire manager Van Gaal, however, was more focussed on the importance of a result that lifted United to fifth in the table after a dismal run in December.

"Too many strikers of high quality for the same position means too much pressure, but now I don't have the chance to change."

"I hope that is a fantastic starting point for the team but also for him".

Manchester United kicked off 2016 with their first victory in nine matches thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Swansea.

The Red Devils have been lambasted in the press and by their own fans for a host of abject offensive displays this term, with goals hard to come by for the historic club. He was second behind Rooney in total shots, however, he was of course the only United player that played a role in both goals.

"I think you have to give Wayne Rooney massive credit for the second goal", said the Poland global. I thought as a team our performance in the first half was better. "We don't give any chances away in the first half and we played with three defenders". "This win will raise the players' confidence and lower the pressure on them", the manager said.

"I am very happy that we won the match and happy that we scored two attractive goals".

Van Gaal dropped Rooney for last week's trip to Stoke but has been pleased with his reaction since. "You can not imagine what a goal that is". The Frenchman had looked like Manchester United's most unsafe player throughout the contest, and it was his header that put Manchester United in front.

"Jonjo has a terrific ability".

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