Falcao needed goal for Man United over Robin van Persie - Louis van Gaal
MANCHESTER -- Louis van Gaal said it gave him more pleasure to see Radamel Falcao score than Robin van Persie after both strikers netted in Manchester United's 3-1 win against Leicester on Saturday.
United's top scorer Van Persie broke the deadlock with his ninth goal of the season before Falcao, who was loaned from Monaco in September, added just the fourth of his loan spell at Old Trafford.
And Van Gaal told MUTV: "I am more happy that Falcao scored because Robin has already scored enough goals. Falcao needs that goal more than Robin.
"It is fantastic that they scored and [they were] beautiful goals also. It was a very quick transition in the goal for Falcao and Robin had a big part in it."
The Dutchman professed himself delighted with United's performance as he was relieved to beat Leicester, who had defeated his side 5-3 at the King Power Stadium in September.
"I am very pleased," he said. "We lost the away match and we have taken revenge of that and we have dominated the game, especially in the first half.
"In the second half, I want to kill the game but I have to admit my players did too much to kill the game and [passed the ball] too much backwards."
While they have been accused of playing too many safe passes in previous games, Van Gaal was satisfied with United's attacking intent against a Leicester team he felt were defensive.
He said in his postmatch news conference: "You need always patience and in the first half we have a lot of patience but we want to try to play forwards to the strikers. I was very pleased with the first half. I could not say much at half time because I was very happy as a coach.
"I have asked to my players to play like a team in all the main moments of football, not only in ball possession, but also when the opponent has the ball and also in transition and I have given my team a compliment for [doing] that."
Van Gaal felt Leicester's goal, scored by defender Marcin Wesolowski, was a result of a lack of concentration.