Louis van Gaal has implored his Manchester United side – and his chef – to improve after their 3-0 defeat against Arsenal last time out.
United were blown away by the Gunners, who opened up a 3-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes at the Emirates, as United struggled to cope with the pace and passing of their title rivals.
Van Gaal has been stewing over the performance during the international break and ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, the manager has told his players that the embarrassment must be a one-off.
“We cannot accept it. Not only my members of staff, but the also the players cannot accept it from each other,” said Van Gaal.
“We want to be the champions, so we have to behave like the champions. You have to improve everytime. It is no just the members of staff, it is also my cook Mike. He has a big influence in the canteen. A lot of people are important.
“When you have more than two weeks, it is awful when you have such a result.
“It has been an awful two weeks because before the last international break we lost against Swansea.
“It’s not only the players, it’s the staff, and my cook, Mike, because he has a big influence on the atmosphere in the canteen.
“So these are awful weeks, because you are constantly thinking about how it happened and you cannot manage it with your players, because that is what you have to do, but all the players were flying out.
“We’ve spoken about this. It cannot happen again.”
The manager revealed that Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are both fit for the trip to Goodison Park, but Ashley Young misses out through injury. Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are available but the manager doubts either will be able to manage 90 minutes.
Van Gaal also praised Anthony Martial after the United new boy was named the Premier League Player of the Month for September. But the manager also tried to cool the fans’ expectations of the young striker.
“I’m very pleased he’s started so well,” said Van Gaal. “It’s also good because most of the fans didn’t know him – now they know him and also a little bit about his qualities and talent.
“Still, we have to be patient with him. He is still 19 years old and he cannot do that every match. That is also a characteristic of a young player.”