Leicester City wrestled back control of the Premier League title race with a 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
However, Leicester, as so often has been the case this season, proved themselves able to find a goal at a key time in the game.
Algeria winger Mahrez blasted an unstoppable shot into the top corner in the 56th minute for his 15th goal of a brilliant season.
To that end, Van Gaal said the Champions League should be open only to champions, like its forerunner the European Cup, even though that would put the tournament even further out of United’s reach on current form.
“That’s what’s got us where we are and if we start getting ahead of ourselves now then we risk blowing it”.
However, Alexis Sanchez netted in the 76th minute to earn the Gunners a share of the points. The others spend a lot of money to win the title.
City took advantage of two of its title rivals dropping points, with all of its goals coming in the second half against Villa.
West Ham came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Everton, who had midfielder Kevin Mirallas sent off in the first half.
Newcastle and Norwich both lost to stay in the relegation zone, with Newcastle manager Steve McClaren’s position likely under severe pressure following the team’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth. “I don’t do that”. Make sure to check out our free online live stream links below so you can tune in and watch the exciting Barclays Premier League match, complete with a preview of today’s game! 1-0 to Leicester!
Ranieri said: “Jamie deserves it because he is a fantastic player and works hard”.
“Of course, we can not play in the way we did”.
“It was an important win, a big battle”, City manager Claudio Ranieri told the BBC.
Leicester’s title charge had already received a boost earlier in the day when Tottenham squandered the lead in a pulsating north London derby at White Hart Lane.
He said: “It’s not important what happens in two months, it’s important what happens tomorrow (Saturday)”.
Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling were the other scorers for Man City, which handed last-place Villa its 19th loss in 29 games.
Michail Antonio reduced the deficit on 78 minutes left and just three minutes later substitute Diafra Sakho headed in an equaliser, before Dimitri Payet won it with a last-minute goal.
The Foxes hold a three-point lead at the top of the league with 10 games yet to play and Italian coach Ranieri believes his side have the larger teams running scared.