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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hoping his players’ confidence will be raised by the second-half performance in the 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Last Updated: 30/08/14 at 22:18 Post Comment

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United manager looking for confidence boost

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United manager looking for confidence boost

Van Gaal is still waiting for his first win at the helm and felt United again displayed nerves on the back of an opening day defeat by Swansea and last week’s draw at Sunderland.

The Dutchman felt his team improved after half-time and was left to lament United’s failure to convert their chances at Turf Moor.

“We played much better in the second half and created more chances,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “But you have to score from those chances, and we didn’t do that. It’s a disappointing result.

“It was our mistake to fight with Burnley, even though they have fantastic fighting spirit. You have to play with the ball against teams like Burnley.

“I don’t think our confidence level was very high in the first half. But I think that’s normal when a club like United loses the first match and draws the second one. 

“The pressure is higher and you have to cope with that. I could see in the first half that the players were very nervous to play the ball. We restored that in the second half, and maybe that will raise our confidence.”

United had a first-half penalty appeal waved away when Kieran Trippier collided in the box with Ashley Young, who also saw a late shot clatter into Ashley Barnes’ arms.

However, Van Gaal preferred not to discuss the incidents, saying: “We had more possession of the ball than Burnley but more free-kicks were awarded against us than in favour of us. I think that is remarkable.”

Majoreasy....your analogy doesn't hold up. Its not as if he's asking lawyers to be cleaners or sales reps to be accountants - he's asking professional footballers to play in a different tactical way. To put it in terms of your analogy, saying to a janitor "don't mop the floor that way, do it this way". Even if he was asking people to do different jobs, its not the overconfidence of youth, but an approach that has worked in different leagues at different times. Regardless of the system played, you would expect premier league footballers to be able to carry the ball out of defence, play a pass that finds a teammate rather than playing each other into trouble. Van Gaal is a fantastic manager and has consistently said 3 months would be needed. In a league like Spain or Germany where it is essentially a two horse race, a late run of form might still see a resurgent team gain a CL spot. The premiership has much more competition for those top 4 spots Chelsea, City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and so on. So if quicker results needed, money had to be spent. Maybe he felt that such a large numbers of players were deficient, or unable to adapt sufficiently well so its best they left - as long as the replacements are better (you'd have to say in football terms they are) its more likely to install success.
- paulo72

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