Louis van Gaal usually known as a grumpy old man in press conferences opened up about a number of issues surrounding him since taking on the Old Trafford job in an exclusive interview with Mark Ogden at a supporter’s event at Carrigton.
The Dutch manager ever since taking on Manchester franchise and has been criticized right from the beginning for not being pro-active.
The ex-Bayern Munich manager explained his relation with the players in the training field. Often in the past, Van Gaal was criticized of not being close to his squad but the manager said that he has a certain way of working and that the players understand him.
He said, “Sometimes players are very fed up with my communication, but that’s what I do and they know how I think. But they know I am very transparent.”
The 64-year old also revealed that he is not bothered about the criticism he is facing from the club and said, “I am used to a lot of criticism,” while talking to Ogden.
He added, I have had to cope with the criticism from the first time I was a coach. For me, it is not any more stress or bother to have to deal with it.”
However, the Dutch man explained that he does not enjoy the speculations and criticism from the media and explained that he is annoyed with it.
“No, because I am annoyed. I am very annoyed and there are a lot of people who know me who know that I am an honest guy and I will defend the good things and attack the wrong things” He explained.
The biggest hindrance for LVG this season has been the peculiar number of injuries to the squad. From Luke Shaw’s season ending injury earlier in the season to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s recurring injuries, the manager has had a tough time with a squad that was hardly to its full strength.
However, he explained that it was upto him and his squad to adapt to what was required and explained that they are still learning to adjust to the needs of the game.
“Contact injuries happen in any country, but we have been very unlucky this year. It is not normal that it is like that.”
“Last year, we had a lot of muscle injuries, but now we don’t because we adapted the intensity of the training sessions and added more recovery days to our programme,” he explained.
However, these injuries have given the 64-year old a great chance to use some of the young players from the academy including the likes of Cameroon Borthwick-Johnson and Jesse Lingard.
He insisted that he is always happy to give them a chance to shine. LVG said, It is always good that you educate your own players, in the culture of Manchester United and also the playing style of Manchester United,”
Van Gaal added, “It is very important, but I have taken a risk in minimizing my squad to accommodate young players because when you have a lot of injuries, you have problems.
However, he explained that the youngsters need to take their chances when they come their way and cited the examples of Xavi and Iniestea, two players who came into the first team at Barcelona under Louis van Gaal.
“they [young players] have to do it themselves.” He said.
“But when I leave, I cannot help them anymore, they do it by themselves, and that is also very good because I am only a means to an end for them,” he added.
Speaking about the situation at the club if he is to leave, the manager hoped that he would be remembered as a manager who gave the young guns a chance and hoped that the clubs replaces him with a guy who gives chances to young players.
“I hope people will look back in the future and talk of the young players as my legacy, but you can never tell,” Van Gaal says.
“The next manager would also have to show the confidence in the younger players. So I cannot judge.”