United boss: Liverpool's struggles example of Premier League strength

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that Liverpool struggled to beat Stoke City.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal highlighted Liverpool’s struggles to beat Stoke City as proof of the Premier League’s quality and unpredictability.

The former Bayern Munich coach joined the Red Devils in the summer and has since embarked on a challenging debut campaign in charge of the demanding club.

A number of high-profile players joined the club in the summer, yet numerous injuries affected their early season form and embarrassing losses to Leicester City and MK Dons in the League Cup ensured.

The month of November, however, has been much kinder to United and three victories on the spin have created a wave of optimism around Old Trafford.

With the games coming thick and fast, including another home tie against Stoke City on Tuesday, United have reason to be positive ahead of the festive period.

Van Gaal, however, has refused to get carried away as he points to Liverpool’s struggles against Stoke City as proof that there are no easy games in the Premier League.

“In the Premier League, nothing is easy and when you see Liverpool struggling against Stoke City for 85 minutes, it shows,” he told United’s official website. “Every game is difficult, and that’s why the Premier League is exciting because you never know.

“There is an atmosphere in the stadiums, the fans are always supporting their club until the end and that’s fantastic. That’s why I want to work here in the Premier League.”

The Reds have struggled to replicate their impressive form from last season as they linger in 11th spot in the table, losing six of their 13 league matches to date.

Brendan Rodgers’s side travel to Old Trafford on December 14, a match which could prove extremely significant in their bid to claim a top four spot come the end of the season.

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