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Published: 11:20 | 17/4/16

LVG: I was not so pleased with the performance

United beat Aston Villa 1-0

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was unimpressed with his side’s 1-0 victory over Aston Villa and insists they must kill games off earlier to be successful.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford as United beat Aston Villa 1-0 to keep alive their slim hopes of a top four finish, while confirming Villa’s relegation.

However, Van Gaal said his side need to do a lot more if they are to gain momentum in the final weeks of the season and force their way into the top four.

"I was not so pleased with the performance because I think we played too slowly," Van Gaal told Sky Sports.

"I know it is difficult against a defensively organised team like Aston Villa - they were very compact - but then you need quick possession play and the gaps will exist. We could not do that today.

"I was happy with the first goal - an important goal. It was a very good switch by Wayne Rooney and a very good assist from Antonio Valencia. He saw Marcus running to the near post and, at the right time, gave the pass. It was superb.

"But we have to finish much earlier and then the game will be over and Aston Villa would not show the same motivation at the end, because they were still in the race for a draw."

United are now three points behind fourth placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand, but Van Gaal is adamant that his side can still break into the top four.

"Of course we are very much in the race for Champions League football and we also take a distance over Southampton and West Ham, who play tomorrow. The three points are very important for us.

"Momentum is starting when there is a fantastic performance. West Ham was a very good performance, but not fantastic. We have to finish the games earlier, and we didn't do that."

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