LOUIS VAN GAAL

  • Van Gaal sticking with tactics despite 4-4-2 success January 18, 2015

    A change of formation transformed a tepid performance into a 2-0 win for Manchester United at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday but manager Louis van Gaal says he has no plans for a permanent switch to 4-4-2. The Dutchman has employed a 3-5-2 formation, with which he...
  • Radamel Falcao must prove himself at United, says Van Gaal January 16, 2015

    Manchester United's Radamel Falcao may have hoped for a crumb of comfort from his manager Louis van Gaal, but was instead told on Friday to prove himself or get used to a supporting role at Old Trafford. When the on-loan striker joined United from Monaco in September he was heralded as...
  • Louis Van Gaal must get his 'system' right at Manchester United January 13, 2015

    I am not one for knee-jerk reactions. A loss after an eleven-game winning streak hardly constitutes a crisis, but at Manchester United everything is a bit over the top. Fans' reactions included. The 0-1 loss to Southampton would have hurt Louis van Gaal. Just the way Koeman was smarting after the...
  • No regrets on leaving out Falcao: Louis van Gaal January 12, 2015

    London: English football club Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal had said he was right not to select Colombian forward Radamel Falcao in his side's 0-1 defeat to Southampton in an English Premier League match. Falcao did not even make the bench Sunday and with Van Gaal insisting he wanted cover...
  • Sorry Louis van Gaal, you are no better than 'sacked' David Moyes January 12, 2015

    In their first home defeat since the opening day of the season, Manchester United failed to register a single shot on target against Southampton, who snatched a victory thanks to substitute Dusan Tadic's second half goal. The result saw the Saints leapfrog Van Gaal's men to reach the third place in...
  • Van Gaal expects David de Gea to stay at Manchester United January 10, 2015

    London: Louis van Gaal expects David de Gea to commit his long term future to Manchester United, despite interest in the goalkeeper from Real Madrid. Van Gaal, who revealed that the club's injury crisis has now diminished to the extent that only Ashley Young is ruled out of Sunday's encounter with...
  • Manchester United injury crisis is finally over, says Van Gaal January 9, 2015

    With just one player left on Manchester United's injury list and a new goalkeeper signed, manager Louis van Gaal is starting to enjoy life at Old Trafford as he tries to assemble the "best team in the world". Third-placed United, unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions, host fourth-placed...
  • Louis van Gaal has no right to complain about fixtures, says Cruyff January 5, 2015

    Former Netherlands great Johan Cruyff has told Louis van Gaal he has no right to complain about the hectic holiday season programme in the Premier League when he chose to go and work there. Writing in his weekly column in the daily De Telegraaf, Cruyff said the Manchester United manager had...
  • Louis van Gaal wary of another cup calamity with Manchester United January 3, 2015

    London: Louis van Gaal does not need reminding of the potential pitfalls that can await Manchester United against lower-league opposition in the English cups. The manager takes the 11-time FA Cup winners to Yeovil in the third round on Sunday, barely four months after a humiliating loss to another third-tier team,...
  • Ashley Young suffers hamstring injury January 2, 2015

    London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that Ashley Young could be out for "many weeks" after he limped off with a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Thursday. Winger Antonio Valencia was ruled out before the match due to a thigh strain before Young...
  • Defence remains a hindrance to Manchester United's progress January 1, 2015

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans even after defeats but, if he does not act to strengthen his defence, he might soon find their patience running out. After a dire opening to the season, Van Gaal has steadied...
  • Louis van Gaal thanks Manchester United fans for unbelievable support January 1, 2015

    Louis van Gaal has expressed his amazement at the "unbelievable" way Manchester United supporters stuck by him despite the club making their worst start to a season in Premier League history. The veteran Dutch coach, who takes United to Stoke on New Years Day, admitted that at his former clubs the...
  • Angel Di Maria is expected to train this week January 1, 2015

    London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hopes to have Angel Di Maria back in training at some point this week. The Argentine winger returned to action at Villa Park earlier this month after three weeks on the sidelines. He then suffered a setback in training just before Christmas but van...
  • Manchester United bandwagon gathering pace under Louis van Gaal December 28, 2014

    While Chelsea and Manchester City slug it out at the top of the Premier League, Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution gathers ever more momentum in the red half of Manchester. The Dutchman endured a tricky start to his reign but seven wins in eight league games have put United hot...
  • Louis van Gaal rewarded for Christmas offering at Manchester United December 27, 2014

    Louis van Gaal's carrot and stick approach worked wonders on Friday as his rapidly-improving Manchester United beat Newcastle United 3-1 to cement third spot in the Premier League. A double from Wayne Rooney before halftime and another goal by Robin van Persie after the break earned a comfortable three points and...
  • No rest in EPL as hectic festive period looms December 26, 2014

    Manchester: While Europe's other big leagues take a breather over the festive period, clubs in the English Premier League begin a traditionally frenzied spell of fixtures that excites fans, exhausts players, tests managers, and potentially defines campaigns. A run of four games in nine or 10 days kicks off on Friday...
  • No injury returns for Manchester United, says Louis van Gaal December 23, 2014

    None of Manchester United's injured players are likely to be fit for the next Premier League match against Newcastle United, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday. Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Chris Smalling missed the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa and only Smalling has...
  • Louis Van Gaal will thrive at Manchester United: Ferguson December 23, 2014

    London: Legendary football coach Alex Ferguson has backed Louis van Gaal to again turn his former club Manchester United into a world-beating side. Van Gaal was chosen as the manager at Old Trafford following the failed reign of David Moyes. The Dutchman was given the task of bringing the glory days...
  • Manchester United's Rojo injured, Liverpool's Jones to stay in goal December 15, 2014

    Manchester United do not know when Argentine defender Marcos Rojo will be available again after he missed the 3-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said. Van Gaal told reporters that the 24-year-old, signed from Sporting Lisbon in the close-season, was injured in training on Saturday, which meant...
  • Van Gaal rekindles spirit as Manchester United dare to dream again December 4, 2014

    Four wins a row have lifted Manchester United into the Premier League's top four and Louis van Gaal's managerial reign is beginning to bear fruit after a difficult start. Although home victories over Crystal Palace, Hull City and Stoke City would not normally set pulses racing at Old Trafford, the gutsy...
  • Wayne Rooney injury not so serious: Louis van Gaal December 3, 2014

    London: English Premier League side Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has played down the extent of Wayne Rooney's knee injury after the striker missed United's 2-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday. Rooney was injured during United's 3-0 victory at home to Hull City Saturday, but Van Gaal said that...
  • Van Gaal pleased by United's best performance this season November 30, 2014

    London: Manchester United's 3-0 win over Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday was their best performance of the season, said manager Louis van Gaal as they cemented their top-four position with a third straight victory. Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were on target as the hosts...
  • Robin van Persie is short of confidence, says Louis van Gaal November 29, 2014

    London: Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is lacking confidence and struggling to make an impact in matches, according to his manager Louis van Gaal. The Dutch international has scored three goals in 11 games this season and touched the ball only 13 times before being substituted during the 2-1 win...
  • Injury-plagued Manchester United face tough trip to Arsenal November 22, 2014

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will delve into the depths of his squad for the visit to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, as an injury crisis engulfs Old Trafford. So often it has been Arsene Wenger cursing his luck after key players have been crocked ahead of big...
  • Injured Daley Blind faces long spell out: Louis van Gaal November 20, 2014

    Manchester: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Daley Blind faces a "long" spell out after the midfielder hurt his left knee playing for the Netherlands in a European Championship qualifier. Van Gaal said on Thursday that Blind's knee is in a brace and that the player will go for a...
  • Louis van Gaal feels Manchester United on course for top four November 10, 2014

    Manager Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United's chances of finishing in the Premier League top four remain in their own hands after they returned to winning ways against Crystal Palace. United recorded a victory for the first time in four attempts, but they made hard work of their 1-0 triumph against...
  • Radamel Falcao faces extended absence, says Louis van Gaal November 8, 2014

    London: Whether it be injury or for reasons of balance, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has warned striker Radamel Falcao could face a lengthy absence from his top-heavy side as they struggle to find a winning formula. Colombia striker Falcao, who is earning 285,000 pounds ($452,400) per week, according to...
  • Louis van Gaal feeling 'lousy' after Manchester United's poor start November 7, 2014

    London: A dismal start to the season and a seemingly never-ending defensive injury crisis have left Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feeling "lousy" at Old Trafford. After losing 1-0 at fierce rivals Manchester City last weekend, United are 10th in the Premier League following their worst start to a...
  • Louis van Gaal must stop history repeating itself at Manchester United November 3, 2014

    The year was 1986 and with just three league wins to their name by the first weekend of November, Manchester United dismissed Ron Atkinson as manager and appointed Alex Ferguson. The rest, as they say, is history as Ferguson won 38 trophies - including 13 Premier League titles - during his...
  • Defensive injuries are a disaster, says Louis van Gaal November 3, 2014

    London: Manchester United's defensive woes deepened on Sunday with Argentine defender Marcos Rojo dislocating his shoulder and centre back Chris Smalling getting sent off in the 1-0 derby defeat by Manchester City. Already missing the injured Jonny Evans and Phil Jones as well as left-back Rafael, manager Louis van Gaal is...