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Louis van Gaal hails "unbelievable" performance of Wayne Rooney, David de Gea

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal picks Wayne Rooney and David de Gea out for particular praise following his side's 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.

Louis van Gaal has praised the "unbelievable" fighting spirit of Wayne Rooney following his energetic burst which led to Manchester United's key goal in last night's win over Newcastle United.

The Red Devils looked to be heading towards a frustrating goalless draw at St James' Park, until the England skipper closed down what appeared to be a lost cause in the final minute of play and forced the home side's backline into an error to pave the way for Ashley Young's late strike.

Prior to their breakthrough moment, United had come close to breaching Tim Krul's goal on a number of occasions, while up the other end David de Gea was also kept busy and forced into making two big saves.

"I have to say that Wayne, how he makes that goal, is unbelievable, because it was a lost ball. But his fighting spirit is unbelievable," Van Gaal told MUTV.

"David de Gea, this year, is unbelievable. In my career I have a lot of good goalkeepers, for example Edwin van der Sar was one of my goalkeepers and [Victor] Valdes also with Barcelona, but De Gea is having a great season.

"Newcastle is a difficult ground to win at so I am very pleased. They have won here against the top clubs so I am very happy."

The dramatic victory leaves Van Gaal's men sitting in fourth place in the Premier League table.

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Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United applauds the fans during the FA Cup Fifth round match between Preston North End and Manchester United at Deepdale on February 16, 2015
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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