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'I knew that already' - Van Gaal doubts
Manchester United title credentials
The Dutchman was at pains to point out that he
learned nothing new from Saturday's defeat to
Swansea City, insisting that he was already well
aware of his side's problems
By Sam Lee
16 Aug 2014 15:50:00
Manchester United boss
Louis van Gaal has conceded
that his side may not be
capable of winning the
Premier League title, but
insists he knew that before
the defeat against Swansea
The Red Devils lost 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday
and despite stating throughout pre-season that he
wants the club to challenge for first place, he has
admitted that it is not possible with his current
Asked if the players
at his disposal are
good enough to win
the title, Van Gaal
replied: "That is not
the question
because I know that
before this game.
"But also with other
players it's also a
question of if they
can play like a team
and if they can reach
the level. And today we don't reach that level and
then you cannot play as a team so easily.
"And that we have seen today. But in spite of that
we could have won also. But when you don't play
like a team and you miss the chances then it's very
difficult because every team should also create
possibilities or chances against us. Because we are
playing with a big space behind us. That's always
difficult to defend."
Van Gaal fielded youngsters Tyler Blackett and Jesse
Lingard in a 3-5-2 formation at Old Trafford after
losing a raft of experienced players on free
transfers and new signing Luke Shaw to injury.
And he says he already knew of the importance of
signing new players before Saturday's defeat.
"Yes, but I have thought that before this match also
so that is not the difference," he added. "But when
we are playing in the USA, I thought the same. I
know in what positions we need a better player. But
you have to buy only when the player can fulfil the
way of playing what I ask. And we have to wait and
see. But we could have won today also."
On the subject of showing players the Old Trafford
exit door, Van Gaal added: "I don’t think it’s only up
to me, it’s up to the players to decide because we
have given them problems. I shall tell the players
what I think and what I want from them but I shall
never say they have to go."
United fell behind to a Ki Sung Yeung goal in the first
half, but even after Wayne Rooney equalised with
an acrobatic effort from close range it was Gylfi
Sigurdsson who struck the decisive goal.
And Van Gaal admitted he made the decision to
ditch his much-heralded 3-5-2 system during the
first half.
"[I decided to change] in the first half. They made
the pitch very big and we had to press in front, so
4-3-3 is better system to press. In the beginning we
did well, we scored, and we had chances to make it
2-1 but chances are not enough, you have to [score]
the chances.
"I think that we can do it with both systems. You
have seen the first half that we are not playing very
good and we are behind and that's why I have
changed the system and this system they have
played always in Manchester United.
"And then I changed it again. So I do everything to
win. And to my players I cannot say that you didn't
do your utmost best. Unbelievable work and
fantastic mentality they have shown. But reaching
the level is different, not only running but also using
your brain and then you can play like a team. But
that we have failed today."

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