Louis van Gaal admits he needs better players at Manchester United
Dutchman looking to sign fresh faces at Old Trafford after United lose at home to Swansea
August 16th, 2014
The Louis van Gaal honeymoon came to an abrupt end as Manchester United were surprisingly turned over at home to Swansea City on Saturday lunchtime, with the Welsh side running out deserved 2-1 winners.
Perhaps it shouldn’t have been such a shock considering that United have only added Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw to a squad that finished seventh in the Premier League last term and they were missing the latter through injury.
Robin van Persie was also nowhere to be seen, with goals from Ki and Sigurdsson helping the visitors walk away with three points after Wayne Rooney had briefly restored parity for United.
If Van Gaal didn’t appreciate the magnitude of the task facing him in terms of rebuilding the Manchester United squad, it was laid bare in this performance and the Dutchman will now look to make new signings before transfer deadline day.
“It is very disappointing for the players, the fans, for me, my staff. When you have preparation time and you win everything [in pre-season] and then lose your first match, that cannot be worse.
“It is not good because we have built up a lot of confidence and it shall be smashed down because of this result. But we have to know it is only one game of many games and you shall not be the champion at this moment, you shall be the champion in May.
“Of course we need defenders. It is also the question if we can play like a team and if we can reach the [right] level. Today, we didn’t reach that level. When you don’t play like a team, when you miss the chances, it is very difficult because every team shall create chances against us because we are playing with a big space behind us.
“I have said before that because of our wins in the United States and against Valencia the expectation is so high, and I have seen in the first half a lot of players very nervous, making the wrong choices, and that is a pity. These players have to get used to that expectation because this is Manchester United.
“You have to cope with that pressure. I have said to them in the dressing room: ‘I cannot say you didn’t do your very best, unbelievable work, fantastic mentality, but reaching the level is difficult, not only running but using your brain and then you can play like a team.’ In that, we have failed today.”