Louis van Gaal praised Manchester United’s team spirit after the 2-1 win over Watford on the road on Saturday. Watford equalized late on a penalty, but United scored the winner in stoppage time.
United got things rolling in the 11th minute when Memphis Depay, who was playing in the striker position, gave the Red Devils the lead with a nice volley from inside the penalty area.
Troy Deeney scored the equalizer in the 87th minute from the penalty spot after a poor challenge by Marcos Rojo. It looked like both teams might had to settle with a point each, but in stoppage time, Bastian Schweinsteiger pounced on a rebound and shot the ball off of Deeney and into the back of the net. The goal went down as a Deeney own goal, but the German midfielder should receive credit for being able to get a shot off from a very tight angle.
United manager Louis van Gaal was very pleased with the performance, as United had six first team missing, including captain Wayne Rooney and young star striker Anthony Martial.
“I was amazed at the spirit in our team,” van Gaal told manutd.com after the game. “We had the late penalty [against us] but, as a team, we created another three possibilities in five minutes after that. Before the goal from Schweiny [Bastian Schweinsteiger], Chris Smalling had a fantastic shot at goal and [Heurelho] Gomes saved it fantastically. When you can do that as a team, then I am very proud of that team.”