Louis van Gaal praises Manchester United team spirit to remain in FA Cup

United managed to salvage a replay in the FA Cup after a couple of poor defeats.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal seemed pleased with the response of his team after they fell behind to West Ham United at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal's side remain in the FA Cup after Anthony Martial levelled as the game approached its closing stages, and still gives the club an opportunity to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

He's quoted in the Manchester Evening News, saying: "In the second-half we were the better team, they scored out of a free-kick, we are behind, we have played against West Brom and lost and Liverpool and lost, and when you can come back like that I think it is amazing and fantastic spirit in the team, in spite of a very nasty week in a lot of aspects.

"So I’m very proud of my players and the fans were very proud. They were enthusiastic and applauded when the players were going off the pitch."

It will have been welcome for him and the club's fans to see the rot stopped to an extent after back-to-back defeats against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, and in the Europa League against Liverpool - where they face an uphill struggle to turn around a two-goal deficit when Jurgen Klopp's side visit Old Trafford on Thursday. 

But there needs to be more of a response when they face up against Liverpool on Thursday, purely because of the size of the task ahead of them. United need to try and start quickly, moving the ball around with a bit of zip and put their opponents on the back foot to show they mean business.  

A big week is still ahead for van Gaal and his men. Not only do they have to face Liverpool, but there is a huge encounter to face in the Premier League on Sunday when they make the short trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.

Last week may have been a nasty week, but there is a lot of work for United to do to ensure it isn't a nasty fortnight. 

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