'I am one of the best managers in the world but expectations are too high' - Louis van Gaal says Man Utd are still in transition
Louis van Gaal has claimed that “expectations are too high” at Manchester United, in comments that will infuriate many of the club’s supporters.
Van Gaal has come under fire throughout this season as his team have continued to serve up a desperate brand of football, yet they still have a chance to finish the campaign on a high by securing a top four finish in the Premier League and winning the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Jose Mourinho continues to be linked with a move to replace Van Gaal at the end of this season, with these comments from the Dutchman unlikely to be well received by supporters who have got used to winning major trophies over the last quarter of a century.
“Expectations are too high,” stated the Dutchman, as he offered up some thoughts at United’s Player of the Year awards dinner. “We are in a period of transition. It is not so easy. We have to meet the expectations of the biggest club in the world.”
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was picked up on TV suggesting Van Gaal was doing a great job after his side’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, with the United boss fully endorsing that version of events as he agreed with the Premier League title winning boss.
It was evidence of the arrogant streak that runs though Van Gaal and yet he makes no excuse for being confident in his abilities as he confirmed with these comments.
“I am very arrogant, because I am one of the best managers in the world,” he added.
“I’m a coach, a manager who would rather have some authority, but every day the players can read it, what do you think about my authority as well? What do you think about the way they want to follow my advice when the coach is shown like a nobody?
“And I am not what the media is writing because When the media is writing for six months I am sacked already... I can cope with that. It is not new for me. For my players, it is not so easy.”
Suggesting United need time to find their feet after Van Gaal have been given around £250m to sign players over the last two years is a sentiment that may not help the Dutchman win the backing of supporters who turned against him long ago.