Van Gaal eager to get to work
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is looking forward to getting to work after guiding the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup.
Van Gaal was named United manager in May but an extended stay in Brazil means he will only report for duty at Old Trafford on Wednesday, two days before the squad are due to fly out to the United States for their pre-season tour.
It was thought the Dutchman would have a short holiday following the World Cup, but he is eager to get to work at United and is relishing the challenge ahead.
“That is no problem for me, I don’t need a holiday. It’s great to have such an exciting challenge. To work daily with young people is something that I don’t need time off to rest for,” Van Gaal said.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve only met two people from the daily management at the club – the chief scout and the chief executive officer. And I’ve met two of the owners. It’s time that I get to know more people at the club.”
The Netherlands were written off before the World Cup, but they went close to reaching the final, only missing out after a penalty shootout.
Van Gaal believes United must ‘sing from the same hymn sheet’ if they are to prove successful during his reign.
“I hope the group in Manchester will become like this [Netherlands] one. We have to sing from the same hymn sheet,” he stated.
“I hope at Manchester United I can do my best. I will do my best. Whether that’s enough for the fans I will wait and see, but I genuinely hope that will be the case.”