Van Gaal wants United to be ‘horny’ in Europa

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 4:54

Louis van Gaal Football365

Louis van Gaal has expressed his wish to see “horny” Manchester United players against FC Midtjylland.

United host Danish side Midtjylland on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie, with the hosts aiming to overcome a 2-1 deficit from their first meeting.

Van Gaal continues to face intense scrutiny over his position as United manager, with the club fifth in the Premier League, six points behind the top four.

A 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round victory over Shrewsbury on Monday night offered a respite of sorts for the Dutchman, but claims are still made that Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs are being lined up to take over in the summer.

Speaking ahead of the game with Midtjylland on Thursday, Van Gaal said: “There’s a lot of criticism, so it can influence (the players) but they have to use their tools to ignore it.

“I think Midtjylland has a very good organisation, very detailed and the players want to perform and use that organisation.

“They play with diagonal pressing. I do that also with my team. Not many teams are doing that. And when I see the data of Midtjylland they have always won against English opponents.

“We have to keep the ball better and we have to move the ball quicker – that’s always what we have to do.

“Desire… it is a great word,” Van Gaal added. “I often use the word ‘horny’ with my players.”

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