Manchester United, Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal confident of Man Utd success

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was in defiant mood at his pre-match press conference, insisting he can still lead the club to success.

United suffered an embarrassing Champions League group stage exit after a 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg which came on the back of five 0-0 draws already recorded this season.

The Dutchman has burned through £250 million which has prompted critics to question his suitability for the role but Van Gaal was adamant he was still the man to take United forward.

“I don’t have any doubts,” he told reporters when asked about his ability to win silverware.

“You can lose and you can win in sport, and you have to accept that, as a player and as a manager, but you have to work very hard and I am working very hard and my players are working very hard and doing everything we can do.

“The problem is that we have to meet the expectations and the expectations at a club like Manchester United are very high, and that’s our problem.”

United are on a four-game winless run in all competitions and sit three points behind Leicester City in the title race but they will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger who picked up a three-game ban for an elbow into Winston Reid.

“It’s also a little bit strange again afterwards,” he said. “But the referee was whistling and talking with the two players. It’s strange again but we don’t have any luck, I think.”

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