Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was pleased with his side’s performance that saw them beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park in the FA Cup quarter-final replay.
It was a controlled performance by the Red Devils as they looked to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
A sublime strike from Marcus Rashford and a close range effort from Marouane Fellaini made the difference for the reds as they fended off a late West Ham surge, James Tomkins' header clawed a goal back late on to leave United fans feeling uncomfortable, but van Gaal’s side remained calm and sealed their spot in the semi-final against Everton.
In his post-match interview, van Gaal thought his side very much deserved the victory, he said: “I was very satisfied at half time because we controlled the game and had better chances.”
“We could have finished the game much earlier. They scored and made it very nervous, but David De Gea saved us with a fantastic save.”
Rashford the hero, once again
The United boss was also quick to praise striker Rashford, who once again impressed on the night.
After being hooked off at half-time against Spurs there were questions over the relationship between van Gaal and the teenager. But Rashford showed there was no issue as he curled the ball excellently into the far right corner to round off a superb performance.
Van Gaal said that Rashford "is very focused on his work" and for that, he admires him. The Dutchman thought it "was a great goal" and said, "I was behind the view and I shouted ‘shoot!’
“He has that ability and he can score a lot of goals.”
FA Cup win is what Van Gaal needs
With United now firmly in the semi-finals, with a trip to Wembley, things now don’t seem as bad as they did following the Tottenham result.
As the Dutchman continues to battle the critics, he knows that if he can steer his side to FA Cup glory, then his reign at United will seem all the more sweeter.