5 Things we learnt from Louis Van Gaal’s First Press Conference
#5: There may not be any more summer signings
Rumours of the imminent arrivals of Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria seem way off as Van Gaal announced he will take 3 or 4 weeks to assess the current squad before making any new signings. New arrivals Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were approved by the Dutchman, and he will assess if the squad can perform to his philosophy before making changes.
#4: There are short term and long term plans
Van Gaal’s main priority will be the first team, but will give advice to youth team coaches and players with a view to all youth education fulfilling his philosophy in the long term. He asked for time to do this and you feel unlike with David Moyes, he will be allowed it.
#3: There is a place for the class of 92
We already knew Ryan Giggs had been appointed Assistant Manager, but the news conference confirmed Nicky Butt is a part of the new first team coaching set up. Van Gaal stated he hopes to find roles for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville which will be determined once he knows their strengths.
#2: The new captain has not been decided yet
It may take 4 weeks, or it may take 2 months for Van Gaal to decide who his new captain will be. Robin Van Persie is the favourite, but according to the new manager everyone is a possible candidate. It’s a decision he will not take lightly, and he also stressed experience is not everything.
#1: He has the ambition to succeed
‘The biggest club in the world’ and the ‘number one team in England’ are two statements Van Gaal kept referring to. There’s no doubting he is keen to succeed in the Premier League and take United back to the top. He made the point that for United finishing 1st not 4th is the challenge, and he hopes to fulfil the expectation that his appointment brings.