Monday 22 January 2018

You won't be seeing Louis van Gaal on Twitter anytime soon

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal won't be joining Twitter
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal won't be joining Twitter

Louis van Gaal is not a fan of social media - but admits he has had to learn to accept it as an element of modern-day football.

Van Gaal saw just how powerful a tool Twitter can be on Thursday when rumours spread about Manchester United's deal for PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay hours before it had been officially announced.

Van Gaal had hoped to keep the transfer under wraps, but that proved impossible as the news was already in the public domain before the two clubs could issue their respective statements on the £25million transfer.

Social media did not exist when Van Gaal started managing over 20 years ago, but such is the popularity of sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, he cannot afford to ignore it.

"You can read everything now," the United boss said.

"Because of that I have to handle it. I have to manage it.

"You have to accept it and adapt to it. You cannot ignore it.

"My players also have to adapt to this kind of world.

"The media was always there (before) but the social media was not there."

Unlike contemporaries such Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone, and Ronald Koeman, Van Gaal has no plans to join any social network.

"No, (I won't join)," the 63-year-old said.

"Because then I would have another day's more work."

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