Van Gaal: “Man United have to behave like champions”

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Manchester United’s boss Louis Van Gaal is confident his side can bounce back at Goodison Park against Everton on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) following their 3-0 humbling by Arsenal before the international break.

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Van Gaal, 64, and his squad have had almost two weeks to stew over that disappointing defeat to Arsenal as they were blown apart by a clinical 12-minute spell in the opening 20 minutes of the game with the Gunners exposing United’s defensive frailties.

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Speaking to the media ahead of United’s clash — a win against the Toffees could send United back to the top of the Premier League if Man City and Arsenal slip up — van Gaal remained upbeat but said his side have to “behave like champions” if they want to win the PL.

“We cannot accept it. Not only my members of staff, but the also the players cannot accept it from each other,” van Gaal said. “We want to be the champions, so we have to behave like the champions. You have to improve everytime. It is no just the members of staff, it is also my cook Mike. He has a big influence in the canteen. A lot of people are important.”

The Dutch boss, in his second season in charge at Old Trafford, also revealed that both Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick will be fit to play against Everton in a big boost for the Red Devils.

United’s recent record at Goodison is woeful, with the Toffees winning this fixture on three-straight occasions. They were also the last team to win four-straight home games against United, from 1984-87. If United has a bogey team, it’s Everton, especially away from home.