Van Gaal and Van Persie: What Manchester United fans dreamed of in the summer

Louis van Gaal

The dream team of Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie had a night to remember.

Manchester United manager and striker embraced after their win at Southampton, after earning a fifth successive win.

It's just what fans dreamed of after they saw the pair mastermind and execute a stunning win over Spain at the World Cup.

Van Persie scored a superb Daley Blind assisted header in the crushing 5-1 win, and ran straight to the Netherlands bench to high five manage Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal had just been appointed as Manchester United manager, and seeing Van Persie recapture his clinical form after a poor season under previous boss David Moyes.

United fans know how key he is to their success, having led them to the 2012/13 Premier League title, and Van Gaal appears to have finally got him firing again.

It's not been the instant success story United fans had hoped for. He appeared weary after the World Cup, and ahead of the win over Hull City a fortnight ago, his face was splashed on the back pages with a warning he faced being dropped from the United team.

He lashed home a superb goal in that encounter, and continued his form with two expertly taken goals against Southampton, nutmegging goalkeeper Fraser Forster on both occasions.

After the game in his post-game interview, Van Persie looked happier than he has done in over a year, and his end of game embrace with Van Gaal summed up his positivity and the bond between himself and his manager.

This is in every way what United fans hoped for back in June. Van Gaal is proving a savvy and pragmatic coach, able to make bold decisions and deal with adversity thrown his way from injuries and the media.

Van Persie is finding his golden touch and United are winning games on a regular basis.  Record a victory over Liverpool on Sunday, and the transformation in fortunes will be emphasised.

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