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Manchester United manager wants expectations lowered

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has called for patience with regards to turning the club’s fortunes around.

The Dutch manager is not enjoying the fans who are expecting instant success in his first season at Old Trafford.

Expectations increased over the summer, first when van Gaal guided a young Dutch side to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup and only losing their semi-final via a penalty shootout to Argentina. Then the club’s performances over in the USA where they beat the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool increased expectations further.

Manchester United were sent back down to reality in their opening game of the 2014-15 Premier League season when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Swansea City.

Speaking to Sky Sports, van Gaal said the fans were very fickle:

“Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester and now I am the devil of Manchester. It’s the football world and it is especially the media in this football world.”

Louis van Gaal suggested he isn’t expecting any silverwere this season after the club finished seventh in the Premier League under David Moyes last season:

“I think the fans of Manchester are intelligent. I’ve already said that it shall be difficult in the first three months, for the players and also for the fans. I’ve said it to Ed Woodward and the Glazers that this is what it is.

“They have hired me for my philosophy, not because I’m a nice guy. I am a nice guy but that’s not why I was brought here.

“I’m not hired to be fired. I’m hired to build up a team. That process needs time. I bring another philosophy in the club.

“You have to believe in the philosophy that again we make a big club but it needs time. It is not an overnight job.”

Manchester United have so far made three transfers during the summer window following the arrival of the Dutch manager. Luke Shaw joined from Southampton but is yet to make his debut following an injury picked up pre-season.

Ander Herrera joined from Athletic Bilbao and started last weekend’s defeat.

After a poor defensive showing versus Swansea with the trio of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tyler Blackett at the back, Manchester United spent £16 million on Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo from Sporting Club this week.

Manchester United travel to Sunderland on Sunday looking to put their first points on the board this season.

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Comments (3)

  1. we believe you and expect you,because we want to build up the team with your philosophy.

    but know that if you want to be first you need best players to buy maannn!!

    arsenal ,liverpool ,man city and chelsea after blowing manutd team without fergusen pay a lot of money like hungry dogs!!and all because david moyes

    how you can do your job LVG!!!

  2. Nobody denies it takes time to build a successful team. That’s what Real Madrid did some years ago. But at least Real Madrid realized they had to buy elite players to make a championship team. Elite teams seem to recognize the purchase of a player is a long term investment whereas United seem to believe it costs too much to buy a high quality player. United seem to be indecisive and haggle too long. My suggestion is that United shouldn’t wait for the scraps. Be decisive, get the job done at the start of the transfer window and work players into the squad.

  3. yeah LVG,i really respect you and your way of coaching as a professional one while your philosophy is highly skill and we are expecting more with a better improvement on man united team to be stronger and mighty as it was back then in our iconic amiable coach sir,Alex fergurson but he has done all he can and now your turn because we all believe you that you are truly the man for the job…before i forget every succesful team need a good line up and also subtitution but most expecially a player like Di Maria must not be miss in united player cause all what we need is a player who are ready to do all he can to lift the team up like how Ronaldo did back then,so please we need atleast maximum of three defenders,three midfielders and two striker ahead of our glory to make the job done.