Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Tottenham

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Van Gaal meets United squad

Louis van Gaal has met the Manchester United players for the first time after arriving in England to begin his reign as manager.

Last Updated: 17/07/14 at 07:40 Post Comment

The Dutchman, who guided the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals, landed at Manchester airport at around midday on Wednesday and travelled to United's Carrington training complex in the afternoon.

He then met with chief executive Ed Woodward and coach Ryan Giggs, along with the United players, and oversaw a period of a pre-season training session. 

Van Gaal will take training in earnest on Thursday before holding his first press conference in the afternoon. He has already spoken about building a strong bond within the squad, with reports suggesting the players will be told to eat together at Carrington every day.

United fans will be hoping for an immediate impact from the 62-year-old, after last season finished not only trophyless but without Champions League football for the first time in 18 years.

But Rene Meulensteen, a former United coach under Sir Alex Ferguson, insists his fellow Dutchman will relish this challenge.

"I don't think it will faze Louis van Gaal at all in that respect, there are no worries there," he told Sky Sports News. "He will only thrive on it to some extent.

"But you really notice it when you're really getting into the routine, especially when you're going into pre-season and you see the massive popularity of the club and brand, that's what it is.

"To maintain that they have to get back up very, very quickly."

Van Gaal has acquired a fiery reputation during his hugely successful managerial career and Meulensteen believes the players must accept it or face a swift exit from the club.

"He's got his own management style, which has thrown up a few difficulties along the way wherever he's been, Barcelona or Bayern Munich because of the way that he is, the way he puts himself in front of players," he said.

"Players accept it or players sometimes don't. If they don't accept it, then yeah you probably have a problem."

A seventh-place finish in the top tier underlined how far the club have slipped behind their main rivals and there is only a month before the opening home fixture against Swansea.

Meulensteen, who worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, admits van Gaal will need time to build the club back into one of the major forces in English football.  

"They've had Sir Alex Ferguson and they've had a disastrous season with David Moyes, now another one comes in, so that will take time," he said.

"United at this moment in time, (will be) seen by the opposition still a team that can be beaten unless proven otherwise."

You can watch Van Gaal's first press conference as United manager from 3pm on Sky Sports News on Thursday.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Women's World Cup: England looking to end Japan's title defence in Edmonton

Geraint Hughes gets the lowdown from the England camp as the hours tick down to Wednesday's Women's World Cup semi-final against Japan.

Copa America: Messi inspires Argentina to reach final

Angel Di Maria scored twice and Lionel Messi was in inspired form as Argentina made it into the Copa America final with a 6-1 win over Paraguay.

Marcos Rojo says Angel Di Maria is most talented Man Utd player

Marcos Rojo believes Angel Di Maria is the most talented player at Manchester United and has backed him to show that this season.

Mail Box

Arsenal Only Need Two More (As Ever)

One Chelsea fan still doesn't see Arsenal as title contenders, plus we have thoughts on Petr Cech, Sergio Ramos, Heurelho Gomes, Paulinho and Arsenal Denilson...

Cech To Arsenal Has Been On The Cards For Years

We have happy Arsenal fans regarding their new goalkeeper, plus thoughts on Jose vs Arsene, transfer bulls**t, like-for-like Liverpool, WWC and population pedantry...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company