On a day when the south stand at Old Trafford was named after Sir Bobby Charlton, Manchester United edged Everton 1-0 to edge close to Champions League places.
The Red Devils fought hard to beat the Toffees at home thanks to a lone goal by Anthony Martial in the second half that proved to be the club’s 1000th goal in Premier League history.
Louis Van Gaal admitted his side were not at their best and believes the win was “stolen” against Everton.
“I think it was more or less a stolen victory,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports. “We didn’t play so well. It looked like we were not fresh enough, despite the extra days to prepare. You do not know how the players are going to come back after the international break.
“We scored a very good goal I have to say, and I am very happy with the victory, but they [Everton] could have scored two goals so today we were the lucky team.
“They played a little bit different than we expected, and we had to change in the second half, and we got better.
“Still, we have played much better against other teams. The win is the most important thing.”