Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was delighted following his team's convincing 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday (17 October). The Dutchman was most pleased to see Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, who were back from injuries leading up to the game, complete the full 90 minutes. The duo's return will be a big boost for their upcoming clashes against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and the Manchester Derby in a week's time on 25 October.
The Red Devils opened the score through Morgan Schneiderlin, who netted his first goal for his new club. Ander Herrara doubled the advantage four minutes later. He was another player along with the Frenchman to get a start after being ignored during their loss against Arsenal. Wayne Rooney broke his goal drought against his old team in the 62nd minute to ensure the 20-time English champions returned home with all three points, which sees them in the third place only behind the Gunners on goal difference.
Van Gaal believes that this victory can spur them on to many more, but his main focus was on Jones, Rojo and Herrara, who put in impressive performances. The former Barcelona manager, however, admitted that he was unsure if the former duo could complete the full game since the Argentinean had withdrawn from international duty with a hamstring injury, which he suffered against Southampton on 20 September. He also revealed that the latter was substituted with an eye on the Champions League clash on Wednesday.
"They played very well, I have to say that, but it was not for nothing that I kept Rojo here because he was injured. He had not played 90 minutes for me this season, it was his first 90 minutes, and also for Phil Jones. These changes were also question marks before the game, I didn't know if they could play for 90 minutes," Van Gaal told United's official site.
"That is also why I changed Herrera. It was a fantastic performance and I was very happy with him, but I maybe need him on Wednesday so I had to spare him, and it was the same thing with [Bastian] Schweinsteiger. I am a very happy coach because I have seen a lot of good individual players in my team. That also gives confidence for the matches against CSKA Moscow and Manchester City," the Dutch manager added.