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Van Gaal Praises Two Surprise Man Utd Stars

Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has praised two unlikely players for the reason behind the Red Devil's rise to the top of the league.

Read:  Van Gaal Names Man Utd's Best Possession Player

The Dutchman has heaped praise on Chris Smalling and Ashley Young for their displays, which have seen the side top the English Premier League.

Smalling has been a standout performer for the Red Devils and also scored the winner in the Champions League encounter against VFL Wolfsburg during the week.

“Ashley Young is very important,” Van Gaal told reporters. “He is a team player and not many players are actually team players.

“He is always thinking of the team, and he can play in a lot of positions. For a manager it is fantastic that he is willing to do that.

“He came in as a right-back, he hadn't played there so much I believe, but the second goal started with him.”

On Smalling, he said: “I think that the player, when he does things, he does it always by himself.

“I help him with advice, also with training sessions, demands, showing images to improve him, but he has to be open and he has to perform on the pitch.

“So he does everything himself. It is the greatest compliment you can give to Chris, and not me.

“As a player you need vacancies in positions, and when it is your positon, you have more luck. That is always the same in football clubs.”

Read: Van Gaal: I've Seen Mata Play Better

Can Manchester United maintain this run and go on to win the league? Let us know in the comment section below.


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