Man United: Midfielder boost for Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is feeling confident after his team’s recent victories and said that his main objective is to reach the Champions League final if not win it.


Manchester United’s enjpyed a 2-1 victory against German side Wolfsburg thanks to goals from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling.

“I think we have given a lot in the first half to come back in the game, and also the culmination of matches of the last weeks, because I can not understand that we gave the ball away so easily”.

Manchester United has to improve to win the Premier League or a tournament like the Champions League“. “Rooney and Depay could have scored in the first half and then you finish in the game”, said Van Gaal, who guided Ajax to Champions League glory in 1995.

“It is something we have to cope with and we respect that challenge but it means you really have to monitor and get the best out of the players you have available”.

“It was a very tough game because we were physically exhausted at the end”, he said. But he delivered an unflattering response when it was put to him that, on that form, the Spaniard was among the most creative players in Europe.

“The solution is recovery, recovery, recovery”, he continued.

All four teams are now on three points in the pool, meaning there is plenty to play for.

“I say we have to play Sunday-Tuesday, Sunday-Wednesday, so between the matches we cannot recover all of the tiredness”.

That pleased boss Van Gaal, who had called on his side to win all of its European fixtures at Old Trafford.

“The only other solution is to change the squad and I have to see if I can do that”.

I think we gave away too much to Wolfsburg, allowing them to return into the game. “I am very happy with him”.

“I don’t talk about individual performances, but I have seen Mata playing better than he did against Wolfsburg”, he told reporters when asked about Mata’s performance.


“It was a difficult test because they defended well as a defensive unit and made it hard for us to score, but we created quite a few chances in the first half”.

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Setanta Staff, 01 October 2015