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Heard On The Field
Manchester United Continues Roll
From the Wall Street Journal of Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:16:47 EST

A year behind schedule, the recovery at Manchester United is underway. Despite a rocky start in the English Premier League, first-year manager Louis van Gaal finally has the club humming along. On Sunday, United’s winning streak reached six games with a 3-0 victory over Liverpool.

Manchester United's Robin van Persie (right) celebrates with Juan Mata.
Manchester United's Robin van Persie (right) celebrates with Juan Mata. Zuma Press

Goals by Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie —plus a man-of-the-match performance by goalkeeper David de Gea—more than compensated for United’s patchwork defense.

Van Gaal is far from convinced by his team, but the run of form has moved the team into third place, eight points behind Chelsea.

“It’s a process,” van Gaal said. “It’s important that we win the games, because it makes the players believe in the philosophy. But, we have to improve.”

For Liverpool, it was a fourth defeat in seven league games to cap off a miserable week that also saw the club booted from the UEFA Champions League. In the second half, manager Brendan Rodgers was serenaded around Old Trafford with chants of, “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”

“We had enough chances to get something from the game and it probably epitomized what our season has been like,” Rodgers said.

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