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

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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.