LvG targets Champions League

UEFA Champions League

United triumphed in the Manchester Derby thanks to teenager Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal, which follows the brace he scored on his debut against Arsenal a few weeks ago.

Van Gaal is proud of the progress his team is making after a gruelling set of fixtures that included two legs against Liverpool in the Europa League.

“I have said in advance that we must win this game [against City] and we have done it, so I am very happy because otherwise the gap was too big if they won,” Van Gaal said.

“Or a draw is still four points, eight matches to go, so then it should be very difficult.

“Now it is in our own hands, I think. We have to win our games, we have more home matches than away matches. We don't lose so much at Old Trafford so we have a big chance [to finish in the top four].”

The Dutch manager was delighted with Rashford’s performance against their city rivals.

“My players have fought to the end with cramp - Marcus Rashford could still run with cramp. I have never seen that!

“Rashford is very quick and [Martin] Demichelis looked like the years are catching up with him. He was a very good defender, he was my centre-back in Bayern but that is the life of football.”