Louis van Gaal happy after free-kick plan succeeded against Shrewsbury

Louis van Gaal happy that Juan Mata's planned free-kick goal succeeded against Shrewsbury Town

Louis van Gaal happy after free-kick plan succeeded against Shrewsbury
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Louis van Gaal after the win versus Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup claimed that he was happy after Juan Mata's planned free-kick succeeded. 

Mata scored Manchester United's second goal in a comfortable 3-0 win, but many people were saying that the goal should not have stood because United had three players in an offside position. The three players were said to have stopped Jayson Leutwiler from seeing the goal, but Van Gaal said he sought officials approval, and they said it was okay to do that.

Van Gaal said: "we thought it was always offside so we asked the referees and they said it's not offside, you can do that" so everyone who is saying the goal should not have stood will have to go and talk to the officials as they gave their approval for the goal.

Took inspiration from Midtjylland

Van Gaal revealed that he analysed how FC Midtjylland were taking their free-kicks last week against United saying "we have learned because we analysed FC Midtjylland and we saw they were doing that" which is good to try and do new things and hopefully they will continue with the routine.

Van Gaal continued to say "that's why we have learned about taking of free-kicks. Today we scored and that's good" as United need to try new things with their set pieces as most of them have been a huge waste, and it was about time they scored from one.

Home tie in quarters now set-up

The win for United was a comfortable one and now they go onto face West Ham in the quarter finals at Old Trafford. United haven't been to Wembley in a while so the priority should be on trying to make sure that the team can do everything they can to get through the West Ham tie.

The beginning of a crucial week has started well for Van Gaal, but now attention must turn to the second leg against Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday which is another crucial game for the future of Van Gaal as United manager.