Van Gaal's arrival could spark a return to the top for Manchester United.

Van Gaal gives first Manchester United presser; Carrick out for months


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal laid out his plans for Premier League domination, as reports came out that he’ll have to do it without Michael Carrick for a good period of time.

Van Gaal stressed his commitment to, and reputation for, winning. He also questioned those who wondered about his management style working at United, saying he is “democratic”.

In a sign of what’s to come from his unique personality, van Gaal spoke on his misgivings regarding the media’s characterization of him as a tyrannical manager, and his plans to move ahead.

From the BBC:

“I’m democratic, empathetic to human beings. Of course I have a strong personality, but the other characteristics are more important.”

“I have to adapt to this club. It shall not be easy, but I will do my utmost. When you see my career, you can see what I have won and that is what I can say. The future shall show if I can do that again.”

He added: “It’s a great challenge because of the expectation.

“I worked for Barcelona, in my opinion number one in Spain; I have coached Ajax, number one in the Netherlands; I have coached Bayern Munich, number one in Germany, and now Man United, who are number one in England and I hope I shall fulfil expectations.”

The Metro reported that van Gaal had already put 10 players up for sale, with the biggest surprise being Marouane Fellaini. The United manager said signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were on his original list, but that he wants to see his players for 3-4 weeks before selling or buying anyone new.

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick’s injury problems continue, as the midfielder faces up to 12 weeks out of the lineup after suffering an ankle injury in training. Carrick, 32, has undergone surgery and is on the long road to recovery.

In “pretty good listener” Klopp, Liverpool has breath of fresh air

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In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.

But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.

[ MORE: Klopp unveiled as “the Normal One” ]

In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.

For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”

The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.

And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.

Kreis, Schmid dismiss Messing’s job switch comments

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Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.

If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.

Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.

Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.


“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”

So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.

As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.