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Published: 09:50 | 3/3/16

Van Gaal hails fantastic results


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was delighted to see his side's top four rivals drop points on Wednesday night.

While United defeated Watford 1-0 courtesy of a Juan Mata free-kick, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal all lost to leave Van Gaal's men just outside the top four on goal difference.

"It's fantastic," Van Gaal said of Wednesday's results. "That's the strength of the Premier League. It's also nice as we lost at Sunderland and there was a lot of criticism at that time but the difference between teams is not that big.

"Everybody can lose to everybody."

Van Gaal has endured a difficult few weeks as speculation about his future at Old Trafford refuses to go away, but his team have delivered on the pitch with wins against Shrewsbury, FC Midtjylland and Arsenal ahead of Wednesday's win over Watford.

He is still without a number of first-team regulars and the Dutchman has warned they will have to take it step-by-step if they are to secure a top four finish.

"We have to go step by step, I think. Of course we have now four victories in a row, it is fantastic, but we have a very small selection at the moment," he stressed.

"We have the same problems as three weeks ago. Players are coming back but still I have to solve a problem every week in my line-up, so when players are coming back, they are not fit enough.

"You see how (Marcos) Rojo is struggling. I gave (him time in recent games) and I have to do that in matches in the Premier League. It is better to do in the second team but I am forced to do that.

"I think we are doing great the last four matches but still we have to go step by step."

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