Manchester United relying on Arsenal says Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits that they are relying on Arsenal to defeat Manchester City on Sunday

Manchester United relying on Arsenal says Louis van Gaal
Above: Louis van Gaal said that Manchester United are "dependant on Arsenal" to keep their Champions League ambitions afloat | Photo: Sky Sports

Louis van Gaal has admitted that Manchester United are relying on Arsenal to defeat Manchester City on Sunday to keep their Champions League hopes alive. 

On the brink 

United managed to keep the pressure on their city rivals Saturday lunchtime with a single goal from Juan Mata giving them the narrow win over strugglers Norwich City. 

Only one point separates the two sides with two games to play and with City welcoming Arsene Wenger's side to the Etihad on Sunday, the Dutch coach said that they are relying on the Gunners to deliver. 

He told Sky Sports that his side did their "job" and labeled their performance as "fantastic" and "deserved to win" on their second half performance. 

He continued saying that the Red Devils are "still in the race" for top four and that they are now "dependent on Arsenal" to get the win against Manuel Pellegrini's side. 

Above: Juan Mata celebrates his goal in Manchester United's 1-0 win Norwich City | Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Sport
Above: Juan Mata celebrates his goal in Manchester United's 1-0 win Norwich City | Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Sport

Different role to play 

Wayne Rooney was called upon to take up his old role as central striker after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up and was the one to set up the winning goal and after the game Van Gaal revealed the skipper was upset to be taken out of his midfield role. 

The coach said that he thought that Rooney wasn't "very happy" that he decided to play him as a striker and but also imagined "why he had to play there" and produced a "fantastic assist" for Mata. 

Big concern 

Rooney played instead of Martial who was in the starting line-up but a suspected hamstring injury in the warm-up ruled him out of action and with the end of the season and FA Cup final to come, the loss of the club's top scorer is a concern for van Gaal. 

He told MUTV that Martial "felt something" and that he is a manager who is "not taking risks" and that he has to "take care of him". 

Manchester United will visit West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday, May 10 with kick-off at 7:45pm BST.