Louis van Gaal insists he always wants to entertain

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal was excited by United's latest win...he just didn't show it here
Van Gaal was excited by United's latest win...he just didn't show it here

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insisted he "always wanted to entertain" as his side stayed in the mix for a top four finish in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Van Gaal has come under fire for his side's dour style of football over the last few months, but he stressed his desire to change that opinion as he named a strong side despite his side's FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday looming large.

Matteo Darmian's stunning strike helped United maintain their push to qualify for next season's Champions League, with an early own goal from Damien Delaney handing the home side a comfortable win at Old Trafford.

This was Van Gaal's verdict on his side's victory:

"I was very happy with the performance and I think it was a four or five to zero game," he told reporters.

"We should have finished it much earlier and scored much more goals. We created a lot of chances and we did not give any chances away – one, maybe, in the first half for Adebayor.

"Of course we are in the race (for a top four finish) and we are two points behind City and Arsenal have to play on Thursday.

"It is not an easy opponent because they will defend, probably, and it is always difficult. You have seen Arsenal against Crystal Palace – it is always difficult.”