Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Van Gaal defiant in face of United crisis

11 December 2015, 18:32

Manchester - Louis van Gaal played down the scale of the storm gathering around Manchester United and claimed that expectations of the Old Trafford club need to be re-assessed.

Van Gaal's management of United has come under closer scrutiny following his team's exit from the Champions League at the group stage following their 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.

The former European champions are now heading for the Europa League but van Gaal insists that winning that competition will not be straight-forward with the status of United, and the level of European competition, much changed in recent years.

Van Gaal said: "We are now in the Europa League and we have to win the Europa League but that is not easy. I can say that in advance but nobody hears me because they don't want to hear.

"A club as Manchester United has to win. That's the past. You have to analyse the club now and you cannot compare it with 10 years ago. There is an evolution in European football.

"We have to work hard to win that. I have already won the Europa (Uefa) Cup with Ajax in my first season, and I was very proud of that. For me, the Europa League is a big competition."

United have failed to win any of their last four games following their defeat in Wolfsburg but remain fourth in the Premier League, three points behind leaders Leicester City ahead of their trip to Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

However, their results and style of play continue to come in for criticism from former players, pundits and supporters.

United have not a won a trophy since the last of their 20 top-flight titles in 2013 but van Gaal insists there is no turmoil within the club.

The Dutchman added: "You can lose and you can win in sport, and you have to accept that, as a player and as a manager.

"But you have to work very hard and I am working very hard and my players are working very hard and doing everything we can do.

"The problem is that we have to meet the expectations and the expectations at a club like Manchester United are very high, and that's our problem.

"I work here and my players are working here, I have a board who works here, so you have to manage that you have good results and that you are progressing.

"We are doing that, but in the outside world I think it's more of a problem than in our inside world."

Meanwhile, van Gaal said he will wait to hear from Ryan Giggs whether there is any truth in the speculation linking United's assistant manager with the vacancy created at Swansea by the sacking of Garry Monk.

United are without nine players for their trip to Bournemouth with Bastian Schweinsteiger starting a three-match ban after the Germany international accepted an FA charge of violent conduct for putting an arm into the face of West Ham defender Winston Reid in last Saturday's 0-0 draw with West Ham.

Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin returns following the damaging defeat in Wolfsburg but captain Wayne Rooney remains sidelined with an ankle injury and is joined on the absent list by defenders Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian, who both picks up knocks in Germany.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!



Read more from our Users

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Kalonzo says he will defeat UhuRu...

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has expressed confidence that he will send the Jubilee government home in the upcoming Presidential election. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Why Caffeine Is Used for Weight L...

The following are the reasons why caffeine is used for weight loss. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
What guys want in relationships

Here are the top four things guys need in a relationship. Read more...

Submitted by
EACC recovers KES3.5 million stol...

EACC has recovered KES 3.5 million stolen from Mukurwe-ini Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by former committee members managing the kitty. Read more...

Submitted by
Governor snubs Mashujaa Day celeb...

The Governor was last seen in public during his impeachment debate at Senate, which he survived, and later went India for medical checkups. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
President recognises Kenya’s new ...

From young innovators, to doctors and local athletes who have represented Kenya in various events, here are the young heroes recognised by the President in this year's Mashujaa Day celebrations. Read more...