Manchester United boss van Gaal impressed with Clarets energy

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Louis van Gaal admitted Burnley were the better side at Old Trafford in the first half - and were lucky to win 3-1.

The Dutchman was impressed with the Clarets’ energy and pressing game, and relieved that a brave of headers from Chris Smalling and a Robin Van Persie penalty sealed a flattering victory.

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He said: “The first half was not a good performance.

“Burnley were the better team, they pressed high, we could not keep the ball, they were better and I want to give all the credit to Burnley.

“But we scored out of set plays so I’m very happy that we were 2-1 up at half time because then I could reorganise my team a little bit.

“I think the second half was a little bit better, not much better but a little bit better.

“We could benefit more from the weaknesses of the opponent.”