Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal met with the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of the visit of West Ham United to Old Trafford on Saturday in a 3pm BST kick-off.
United will be looking to getting back on track in the Premier League after last Sunday’s 5-3 defeat away to Leicester City at the Kind Power Stadium. Louis van Gaal insists that there is no need to panic and expressed it is how the club overcome things that will be resolved.
Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Louis van Gaal said:
“It’s happened, it’s about overcoming things. It’s not a regular occurrence – when you see our figures in the Premier League, apart from this [Leicester] match, then we are defending well.
“The average is conceding less than one goal I think and we have scored a lot of goals. I think we are fifth or sixth [in this situation]. I see it differently to a lot of journalists.”
Louis van Gaal was quick to point out the fickle nature of the Premier League and that of the English media during his press conference, stating:
“At this moment this is maybe my toughest job but we have to see in a year
“We cannot say it about one week with the injuries. As a manager you know already in advance that it’s a big challenge. This club is in a transition. What you don’t know in advance is what the hard moments will be.
“At the start we won all of our games but now we are in difficult circumstances. We should have won last weekend – we had to win when we were 3-1 up. If we had we would have been two points off second place.
“But because of the loss you are now questioning me. If we won then it would have been different. We will overcome things – the season lasts a long time.”
Van Gaal also confirmed that Chris Smalling is the latest casualty to miss first-team action this weekend, adding to a list of big names and now looking to the youth.
Picture’s below of Louis van Gaal in his weekly press conference at the AoN Training Complex: