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Louis Van Gaal Has Penned His First Programme Notes At Man Utd - He's No Rico

Gary Reilly
By Gary Reilly
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Man Utd fans - hold onto your hats, Louis Van Gaal is about to manage a United team at Old Trafford. Tuesday night's friendly against Valencia will be the first time that the United faithful get to welcome their new messiah to Old Trafford.

Incidentally, that also means that it's the first time that the former Netherlands boss has had the opportunity to speak to the fans directly through his programme notes.

I am looking forward to walking out into the stadium as the manager of Manchester United, as I know it will be a special moment for me.

I have been here before, of course, as a manager with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and I know just how difficult it is for visiting teams at Old Trafford. I am really looking forward to having you on the same side as my players.

After tonight's game we will be fully concentrating on the start of the Premier League, which I am really looking forward to. I have managed in Spain and in Germany and in the Netherlands, so there was only one football country I wanted to see inside and that was England, because of the level of the Premier League and because of the atmosphere. I cannot wait to get started.


Van Gaal will also further ingratiate himself to United fans after he couldn't help but mention his side's recent friendly win over Liverpool during the summer tour of the US.


I wanted to see an improvement in our performances as the tour went along, and that was mainly the case. In the first (half) of the match against Liverpool, I must say that we were very weak, but the spirit of the team turned that around.

The players wanted to show themselves as a team and that is very important for me. I could see winning that particular match brought a lot of pleasure to our fans, and I was pleased that we were able to make them happy.

All in all, that's pretty standard fare. He really needs to brush up on his use of the English language if he wants to get anywhere near the standard set by Damien Richardson at his first home game in charge of Drogheda United.



[Daily Mail]


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