6 things we learnt from interview with Manchester United coach

Check out six points from Louis van Gaal interview with English journalists during the US tour


After watching his side beat Barcelona in San Jose, United States, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal sat down for an inter view with English journalists.

In the interview, Van Gaal talked about a host of issues but we took out the six most important things he said in the interview.

1. Louis van Gaal on his present squad.

"We only have a better balance of the team. Now we have all the positions double occupied and that is what I said in many, many press conferences last season that we were not in balance and I have to play with players in other positions than they normally have to play in or can play.

"Now it is a better balance, but the preparation is the same. Certainly the players have already been working with us for one year, with me and the staff and are used to the philosophy.

"Now we have to implement that with the new players and that will happen every year because I believe in refreshment of the group."

2. Louis van Gaal says Manchester United can challenge Chelsea

"The gap is only the consequence of our bad start because after the bad start you will be amazed.

"Our first game against Tottenham Hotspur is the most important.' The performance against Barcelona here [a 3-1 win] was much more important than the result. OK, the result is fantastic but we were lucky also. If we'd had that luck against Chelsea away last season, you never know."

3. Louis van Gaal on his decision to see Robin van Persie

"It is what we have experienced in the whole season with each other. You have to oversee all the aspects. People have written that Van Persie is my favourite player and that I protect him and yes maybe I have done that.

"But in the end you always have to evaluate which players have contributed to our fourth place, which players a little bit and which players no contribution, and then you make decisions but you make decisions on facts and not on other things.

"There is also the choice for Wayne Rooney. People have written all season that Rooney is a striker but now you ask about Van Persie."

4. Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney can lead his line

"Rooney has said that he scores at the minimum 25 goals. Last season I had a top scorer with 12 goals and Van Persie had 10 goals. So when I have a striker that scores 25, and Rooney is more or less saying that, then I am better off.

"Not only Rooney has to score but other players have to score and we have to concede less."

5. Louis van Gaal says he need a 'big player'

"I'm thinking at that time, they have Hazard, he can always make goals, he can always make an action and decide a goal. Manchester City have Aguero, it's the same type. Barcelona has Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. We as Manchester United have to compete with these clubs. So we have to look also for that kind of players."

6. Louis van Gaal says Cristiano Ronaldo return is not possible

"He may come but it is not possible.

"Because you have the club, Ronaldo and then you have Manchester United and how much Manchester United want to spend."

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