Liverpool FC manager warns Louis van Gaal to expect tough season
Brendan Rodgers doesn’t think the new Manchester United manager will have it easy in the Premier League
August 6th, 2014
Manchester United haven’t put a foot wrong since Louis van Gaal took charge of the Red Devils, with their pre-season friendlies resulting in a series of victories including wins against Real Madrid and Liverpool.
United’s 3-1 victory against the Reds was a particularly eye-catching result, with the Red Devils coming from a goal down to win the game, although Brendan Rodgers doesn’t expect Van Gaal to have things easy when the action gets under way in the Premier League.
“I think what he’ll find is the competition in this league will be different from any other league that he’s worked in,” said Rodgers. “In a lot of the other leagues there are one or two teams and those are the teams that are expected to win.
“This is a league where the top team plays the bottom team and on any given day you can lose. You don’t get that a lot in the other leagues. I think the competition will probably take him by surprise and that’s from foreign managers I have spoken to over the years.
“I’ve worked closely with foreign players who have come in and that real physical competitive nature will be different from anywhere else he’s worked before.
“I think it’s going to be really as competitive,” he said. “Last season was great and right the way through there were four or five teams right up there, and then in the closing months it narrowed down a wee bit. The Premier League historically shows that it’s a very competitive league. Man United will want to bounce back, Chelsea will be strong, Manchester City are the champions so they’ll be the favourites.
“The likes of Tottenham have been up there the last couple of seasons. When Harry Redknapp was there they were a Champions League team. So the numbers are there to make it really competitive again and difficult to forecast.”