Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that his side’s striker Robin van Persie rescued a lackluster Red Devils side after the Netherlands international’s brace earned United a 2-1 win at Southampton on Monday in Matchday 15 of the English Premier League.
The visitors could muster only three attempts at goal during a messy display at St Mary’s, and Van Gaal admitted his team had been “lucky” to win.
“I think that not only the goals are telling something about Robin van Persie,” the former Netherlands boss said at the post-match conference.
“I think also his performance — he was one of the three players on the pitch of Manchester United who were good or maybe very good.”
However, he lambasted the rest of the team, telling reporters that the other players and substitutes were “not good”.
He said: “There is a range of course between good and bad, but they were not good. Normally you have six, seven, eight players who are good and three players who are in that range. But today (Monday) there were too many players not good.”
United’s fifth consecutive win sent them up to third place in the league table ahead of Sunday’s league clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford, and van Gaal added: “It’s fantastic to be now third in the table, but I had hoped we would do that with a better performance.
“Because tonight we were the lucky team.”