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Man United boss backs Van Praag for Fifa presidency

Louis van Gaal has backed Michael van Praag's bid to become FIFA president.

Van Gaal and Van Praag during their time together at Ajax. Credit: PA

Van Gaal knows Van Praag as he worked under him at Ajax and with the Dutch national side.

Van Praag, the head of the Dutch Football Association, is one of three candidates vying to unseat current FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the others being Asian Football Confederation vice-president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein and former Portugal international Luis Figo.

And the Manchester United manager believes his 67-year-old compatriot is capable of heading world football's governing body, although he concedes it will be a tough job beating Blatter, who is determined to extend his 17-year reign.

I have a very good relationship with him. I like him very much. He can do the job but it shall be very difficult for him to be the (president) because it is a voting system but you never know.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal: Confidence sky high at Man United

Manager Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United are finally starting to get their swagger back.

Van Gaal troops are on course for a top four finish. Credit: PA

United face Swansea on Saturday for the first time since they ruined Van Gaal's debut in the home dugout at Old Trafford six months ago.

The Red Devils went into the opening weekend of the season on the back of a perfect pre-season campaign in which they beat the Los Angeles Galaxy, Inter Milan, Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Valencia.

I think that the confidence at this moment is the same as (after the tour). When you see the scores of the last 19 or 20 matches we are the best team in the league, so that is why I think confidence is also high like it was at the beginning.

The players know and have experience of playing in the system with my philosophy.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal


Man United manager Van Gaal claims Paul Scholes criticism 'not so interesting'

Man United manager Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism from club legend Paul Scholes by suggesting the former midfielder's words were "not so interesting."

Van Gaal wasn't interested in discussing the criticism from Paul Scholes. Credit: PA

Speaking to reporters ahead of United's FA Cup clash against Preston, Van Gaal was asked for his opinion after Scholes accused the Red Devils of playing 'miserable' football under his stewardship.

It is not so interesting, I think. Scholes is one of the fans. Fans can criticise, that is not a problem.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal: Man United face 'big battle' for top four spot

Louis van Gaal has warned Man United they still have much work to do before they secure Champions League qualification.

Van Gaal's side impressed against Leicester. Credit: PA

United returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie put United ahead with a sublime finish and Radamel Falcao added his fourth for the club before Wes Morgan's own goal helped United avenge their embarrassing 5-3 reverse at the King Power Stadium last September.

The win lifted Van Gaal's team to within five points of second-place Manchester City, but Van Gaal reminded his players following the win that the season is far from over.

At the end of the league matches we divide the titles and not at this moment. It shall be a big battle to the end.

That is a big battle. West Ham has lost (to Liverpool on Saturday).One competitor shall lose.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal bemoans 'disgusting' speculation

Van Gaal believes speculation about United's transfer kitty is 'disgusting' Credit: PA

Man United manager Louis van Gaal has hit out at "disgusting" reports he will spend vast sums on new players in the winter transfer market.

Speaking to a packed press conference ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash at Southampton, Van Gaal said:

"I think it is disgusting always writing about numbers. I don't think that Ed Woodward or I have said anything about it.

"It's disrespectful to my players and I don't like talking about it. I have to work with the selection I have."

  1. Ian Payne

A horrible night for Manchester United

We should stress that Louis van Gaal put out a second string Manchester United 11 this evening, but even so, this was a horrible night for them.

One wonders whether or not Di Maria is actually going to improve this team that much. They possibly need even more players than just Angel Di Maria - I know the manager wants two more before the transfer window shuts at the end of the weekend.

But it is incredible what has happened to this team.