Van Gaal wants to “beat opponents more easily”; Don’t they all, Louis?


Louis van Gaal’s Premier League press conference game isn’t quite at Jose Mourinho’s level, but he’s only had a few months of practice in England.

The Manchester United boss found his next level on Friday. After talking about how all players, including Robin van Persie, need to fight for their place in the squad, the fourth-place manager started talking about his team’s wins.

And he’s already upping the ante after the Red Devils beat Arsenal last week. Sure, the Gunners had better possession and control of the game, but there’s no way the United players can be content with LVG dropping language like this:

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From Sky Sports:

Van Gaal, who is managing a squad plagued by injuries, said the team needed to secure wins.

“We have to improve our playing style and beat opponents more easily,” said the Dutchman.

“We are still fourth so I am happy, but we have to be at least fourth at the end of the season, not now.”

I love it.

Winning games is not enough for the manager who just started winning games at Old Trafford. No sarcasm here, LVG sends the tone of a man who will not be content until teams are forfeiting at halftime. It’s a far cry from David Moyes, for better or worse, and does carry a bit of Alex Ferguson to it. Perhaps Ryan Giggs was right.