Van Gaal aims for two more wins, despite injuries

LONDON • Louis van Gaal is targeting two more victories in his Manchester United side's final Premier League games of the season as they continue their quest for a Champions League spot.

Juan Mata's second-half goal against second-from-bottom Norwich City secured a 1-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday that left United fifth in the ladder and one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who hosted Arsenal late last night (Singapore time).

Anything other than victory for City would put United's bid for a top-four finish in their own hands.

FA Cup finalists United head to West Ham tomorrow before completing their league season against Bournemouth.

"Obviously the main thing was to get the three points and we did that well," van Gaal said. "I thought we looked comfortable. It was much needed and now we can concentrate on the West Ham game."

But victory came at a price as 15-goal forward Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up. He is a doubt for the West Ham game.

So too is full-back Matteo Darmian, who was stretchered off in the first half following a clash with Norwich defender Ivo Pinto.

Darmian's participation at the European Championship in France, which starts next month, could also be at risk.

"We don't know the extent of the injuries to either at this stage but it was a blow for everybody because we had to change my plans," said van Gaal. "With Wayne Rooney up front after Anthony was injured, we had to adapt, but he did the job.

"Our focus now is recovery, we have got to prepare right mentally as there will be a good atmosphere there (West Ham) and hopefully we will get the job done there as well."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2016, with the headline 'Van Gaal aims for two more wins, despite injuries'. Subscribe