Managers Press Conference – Burnley – Barclays Premier League

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal sat with the press ahead of the Barclays Premier League match with Burnley at Turf Moor which kicks off at 12:45 BST. It is a must win match for both clubs as neither have won this season in any competitions they have participated in. This press conference is also the last before the closure of the summer transfer window on Monday, so the manager was asked questions about incoming and outgoing players.

Here are the main points from the press conference:

Louis van Gaal after being asked to compare his job at Manchester United with his previous roles:

“I would never compare the jobs I’ve had. You cannot compare to Bayern or Barcelona – it’s another culture and, as a manager, you have to adapt to the culture of the country.”

Van Gaal on whether the United job was tougher than previous roles:

“I read your articles – I was the king in the United States. Now I am now. But I am the same Louis van Gaal with the same philosophy and I am confident I will succeed here. I have said many times that it needs time. Players are used to other philosophies and it takes time.”


Van Gaal on further signings and players leaving the club this summer:

“I have given players a chance to move or not before 1 September – it is their choice. I don’t think it was good that I came as manager and I want 11 new players – I have given players a chance here. This process needs time.

“I don’t know about transfers between now and Monday because I am not the one who can choose. I give my opinion and the player can do what he wants with that opinion. Of course I shall say which players I want and which are better to leave and Ed [Woodward] is doing the transfer market. I don’t interfere in that process.”

Van Gaal on his aims for the current season:

“We are building up a new team and I hope we will succeed. I hope we are in the top four this season and then the next step is to be champions, then the winners of Champions League. But that takes time. I never doubt myself.”

Van Gaal on Marcos Rojo and the fact he is still awaiting a work permit to finalise his move:

“I cannot change the law of Argentina! I am the manager of the biggest club in the world but cannot change the law. It’s only a matter of time.”

Van Gaal on Wayne Rooney’s appointment as England captain:

“He will cope with the responsibility, of course. I would not have made him United captain otherwise.”

Van Gaal on Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against Sean Dyche’s Burnley:

“It’s not a big stadium but I think it will be a fantastic atmosphere. They will play with a lot of passion and long balls. We have to fight against it. It shall be a very difficult game but we have to show we can play football.”


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