Louis Van Gaal claims Manchester United are right back in the title race – because Wayne Rooney is scoring again.
The Red devils smash-and-grab 1-0 win away to Liverpool took them to within seven points of leaders Arsenal and the Dutchman is convinced the Gunners can still be reeled in.
And he reckons it is not difficult to see why – with his main goal-scorer finally doing his job again by grabbing his fifth in four games.
Van Gaal said:
“To beat Liverpool is always important, and today it was important because our competitors have lost points.
“When you get it like this, then maybe it is seven points off the top of the table – and seven points you can oversee that. That’s what I’m thinking.”
Asked if he genuinely believed United were back in the race, he added:
“It depends on results. We are seven points behind and there are a lot of matches still to go. We started 2016 very well with a lot of wins, and we haven’t lost.
"This game shall give a big boost to the players, fans, everybody at Manchester United.
"We have to continue of course and it’s not so easy, but we showed we can do it – we have shown every week we can do it.”