Van Gaal confirmed on the eve of the match that Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney had approached him earlier this season to voice their concerns about dressing room morale. He scored a fantastic goal, he has pace to dribble and his finish was fantastic. “He was so calm and composed and you can’t ask for a better start“.
“I don’t blame my players and I don’t blame myself”.
He stated, “I have not bought Martial for me, I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United”.
Van Gaal had been criticised for agreeing a fee of up to £58 million ($126.4m) for the 19-year-old but, after his first match for his new club, Martial has already written his name into Old Trafford folklore.
Christian Benteke’s spectacular goal made it 2-1, but Martial’s fine run and shot ended any hopes of a comeback and Brendan Rodgers was critical of his players. Penalty, I think Herrera has done well, young Joe Gomez will learn he has to stay on his feet.
“We had a hard period in the transfer period with a lot of problems with players who are going and coming”.
“Not a bad goal I think”, he told Sky Sports with a twinkle in his eye.
Louis van Gaal says his decision to listen to the demands of his Manchester United players proves he is not a dictator. “Then you have to show your professional attitude”, he added. “He is one of the best goalkeepers in world football. Yes of course. If you win, you are always satisfied because winning a game in the Premier League is not so easy, especially against competitors”, said.
The Spaniard made his first appearance of the season after signing a new four-year deal at Old Trafford, just days after he nearly joined Real Madrid.
United travel to face PSV in their Champions League opener on Tuesday before facing another away game against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday. “He is much too important for our team”, said Van Gaal.
“I thought he was excellent”, Rodgers said of the £32.5million Liverpool forward. “I just want to keep it up now and pray there are no injuries”.