Louis Van Gaal

  • Luke Shaw made to train alone as not fit enough for Van Gaal 11 hours 8 minutes ago

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has ordered full back Luke Shaw to train alone, saying the 19-year-old is "not very fit" and unable to meet the Dutchman's expectations. Shaw joined United from fellow Premier League side Southampton after returning from England's dismal World Cup campaign in a deal reported to...
  • New Old Trafford manager meant I was out, says Ferdinand 18 hours 32 minutes ago

    London: A change of manager at Manchester United from Ryan Giggs to Louis van Gaal led to the club telling Rio Ferdinand they did not want him anymore, the 35-year-old defender said on Monday. The centre back has signed a one-year contract at promoted Premier League side Queens Park Rangers having...
  • Manchester United bury LA Galaxy 7-0 in Van Gaal's debut 5 days ago

    Pasadena, California: Although Louis van Gaal intends to restore Manchester United to their former international glory, even the veteran coach was impressed when his new club scored a virtual touchdown at the Rose Bowl. United made an impressive debut under Van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late...
  • Long tours not good for preparations, says Van Gaal 6 days ago

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club's lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign. United play Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday and then have at least three more matches...
  • Manchester United add Hernandez for US tour July 20, 2014

    Carson, California: Manchester United have added Javier Hernandez to their squad for the team's pre-season tour of the US. Relegated to the bench for much of last season, Chicharito will join the Red Devils before their friendly against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday in Pasadena, the team's first match under...
  • Youth and experience in Van Gaal's first squad at United July 19, 2014

    Louis van Gaal's pledge to assess all of Manchester United's first team players is apparent after the new man in charge announced a bumper 25-man squad on Friday for the club's tour to the United States. Van Gaal, who arrived at Old Trafford this week after guiding the Netherlands to an...
  • Louis van Gaal says he can fulfill Manchester United expectations July 17, 2014

    New Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal said he believes he can meet the expectations for success at "the biggest club in the world" but refused to indulge in predictions when he was introduced to the media at Old Trafford on Thursday. The Dutchman, smiling and looking relaxed after arriving from...
  • Van Gaal arrives at Manchester United on the crest of wave of expectation July 15, 2014

    Louis van Gaal arrives for his new job at Manchester United on Wednesday on a wave of expectation following the World Cup finals in Brazil where his reputation was greatly enhanced. The achievement of the 62-year-old coach in taking the Netherlands to third place at the tournament highlighted the meticulous nature...
  • World Cup 2014: Success based on Dutch way with novel tweak, says Van Gaal July 13, 2014

    Brasilia: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal said his team's run to third place at the World Cup was proof that there was more than one "Dutch" way of playing the game. Van Gaal's side played a more defensive, containing style than that preferred by many Dutch coaches. "We were able to show...
  • World Cup 2014: Louis van Gaal gunning for Brazil in Brasilia July 12, 2014

    Brasilia: After deep initial scepticism, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal goes into Saturday's third place play-off determined to down hosts Brazil and end the World Cup on a high note. His last match before taking over at Manchester United sees Van Gaal's Netherlands, beaten on penalties by Argentina in the semi-final,...
  • World Cup 2014: Weary Dutch have no interest in third-place game July 11, 2014

    The Netherlands squad must stay at the World Cup when coach Louis van Gaal dearly wishes they could just go home. Next up? The game no one wants to play. Faced with the prospect of the third-place game against host Brazil on Saturday after a disappointing semi-final loss to Argentina, Dutch...
  • World Cup 2014: Two players refused first Dutch penalty, says Louis van Gaal July 10, 2014

    The Hague: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has revealed that two of his players refused to step up to take the first penalty in Wednesday's 4-2 World Cup semi-final shoot-out loss to Argentina. The ill-fated honour eventually fell to defender Ron Vlaar, whose effort was saved by Argentina keeper Sergio...
  • World Cup 2014: Louis Van Gaal slams 3rd-4th place playoff as pointless July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: The Netherlands will face Brazil in Saturday's third-fourth place play-off but it is not a match the Dutch want to play, with coach Louis van Gaal saying it was a pointless exercise that "has nothing to do with sports." "I think this match should never be played and I've...
  • World Cup 2014: I taught Romero how to stop penalties, says Van Gaal July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Louis van Gaal took some credit for showing Argentina's Sergio Romero how to stop penalties, advice that cost the Netherlands coach dearly on Wednesday. Romero stopped two spot kicks as Argentina beat Van Gaal's team 4-2 in a penalty shootout in the World Cup semi-finals, advancing to the...
  • World Cup 2014: We're playing Argentina, not Messi, says van Gaal July 9, 2014

    The Netherlands will need to do more than simply muzzle Argentina's Lionel Messi if they are to prevail in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, according to coach Louis van Gaal. With four goals and some show-stopping displays to his name, Messi is emerging as the player of the tournament, but van Gaal...
  • Van Gaal orders evening training session for Manchester United players July 8, 2014

    London: Louis van Gaal might be completely swamped with the Netherlands preparation for their FIFA World Cup semi-final match against Brazil but his uncompromising approach was felt all the way in England when he ordered Manchester United players to take part in an evening session on their second day of...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Gaal admits underestimating his own team July 5, 2014

    Salvador: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal admitted he may be guilty of underestimating his own World Cup squad but said his players would not be making the same mistake with regard to their quarter-final opponents Costa Rica. The teams meet at the Fonte Nova arena on Saturday. Van Gaal told reporters on...
  • World Cup 2014: Louis Van Gaal's substitutes key to Dutch success July 1, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: No one can argue that the Netherlands coach, Louis Van Gaal, isn't earning his salary. The Dutch have recovered from 1-0 down to win three times in Brazil, and four of the seven goals the Oranje have scored over the past three games have come from Van Gaal's...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands used the 'cooling break' as 'strategic time-out' June 30, 2014

    Fortaleza: Dutch coach Louis van Gaal on Sunday said that his team changed tactics in the second half to win the crucial game against Mexico. The Netherlands, three-time runners-up, roared into the World Cup quarter-finals, coming from behind in late minutes to win 2-1, reports Xinhua. The Dutch victory marked the first...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Gaal worried about heat, humidity in Fortaleza June 29, 2014

    Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal showed his concern for the heat and humidity in Brazil's northern coastal city Fortaleza, where the Netherlands and Mexico will play their FIFA World Cup round of 16 match on Sunday. "I came here a year ago, and today it is hotter," Van Gaal told a...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands' coach Van Gaal slams FIFA June 23, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal criticised FIFA for some refereeing and organisational issues regarding the World Cup. "FIFA, with its great wisdom, decided to hold a press conference before training which is not very smart," van Gaal said. Traditionally, players who play the match participate in the pre-match conference but...
  • World Cup 2014: Beating Spain does not mean we are World Champions already, says Van Gaal June 18, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Despite their historic win over defending champions Spain, Dutch national manager Louis van Gaal reminded his team to stay grounded ahead of their clash against unfancied Australia. The Netherlands, the 2010 World Cup runners-up, began their World Cup campaign with a stunning 5-1 victory against Spain in the Group...
  • World Cup 2014: No injury worries for Netherlands before Australia match June 19, 2014

    All the Netherlands players are fit for their World Cup Group B match against Australia in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, coach Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday. There had been injury worries over defenders Daley Blind and Ron Vlaar but these had cleared up, Van Gaal said. "Vlaar is ready to play,...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Gaal pondering change of system for Australia June 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Should you change a winning formula? Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is pondering that question ahead of his team's next match against Australia on Wednesday. Van Gaal's decision to play a system based on five defenders against Spain was a tactical masterstroke as the Dutch humiliated the defending...
  • World Cup 2014: With Van Gaal, Dutch are dangerous again June 14, 2014

    It had been billed, in boxing parlance, as a 're-match' of the World Cup final from four years ago but no-one expected the old champion to be staggering around the ring in the final round with their knees buckling. And while many will wonder how a Spain team that has dominated...
  • World Cup 2014: Van Gaal expected goals against Spain but never five June 14, 2014

    Scoring against Spain was always a possibility for the Netherlands but five goals in a rampant victory was far beyond expectations, said coach Louis van Gaal after a 5-1 triumph in their World Cup opener on Friday. "I didn't expect the result but I did expect goals. We have players who...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: It's Manchester United vs Spain tonight June 13, 2014

    Manchester United are said to have around 800 million fans worldwide. So when it comes to supporting a country at the world cup Red Devils are as diverse as they come. But this year it is different. United appointed Netherlands Louis van Gaal as their manager. With LvG yet to...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Jonathan de Guzman fit, gives Louis van Gaal midfield choice June 12, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The Netherlands flew from their training base in Rio to Salvador on Wednesday with an apparently fully-fit squad, giving Louis van Gaal a dilemma about who to play in midfield. Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman appears to have fully recovered from a hamstring strain and to be fit enough...
  • FIFA World Cup: Jonathan de Guzman back in training with Dutch team June 9, 2014

    Dutch coach Louis van Gaal had something to smile for as mid-fielder Jonathan de Guzman joined the team's training session after recovering from a hamstring injury. For the first time, Van Gaal had all the 23 players in training on Sunday, reports Xinhua. De Guzman went through the full warm-up session and...
  • FIFA World Cup: Dutch drop attacking system to counter Spain June 11, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The days of fluent, attacking "total football" are long gone for the Netherlands. Now, results matter more than the way they are achieved. It's a bitter pill to swallow for an older generation of "Oranje" fans brought up on the almost carefree attacking elan of the likes of...