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    first tetchy answer!

    Q. You mentioned then you don’t make predictions and you said it would be difficult but how realistic is it for United fans to feel that they can be challenging for the title at this season or do they have to be a bit more realistic going from 7th place…


    LVG: “That is always the question and that is what I have explained already.”
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    Q. Have you asked for any assurances for how long that you might need to get things back to winning ways?


    LVG: “No, because the owners and the CEO have a lot of confidence in me, because of that they have come to me and I explained my philosophy and they were excited and because of that I am here. We have to wait and see if I can fulfil this expectation of these people but also of the supporters because the supporters are very, the fans are very important, also, I know that but laughs, you cannot predict in the world of football you cannot predict. Nobody has predicted that the Dutch team came so far, nobody has predicted that Germany shall beat Brazil in their home 1-7, and of surely, that we beat them 0-3, so you know that, why do you ask?”


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    Q. When will you take a decision on the captaincy and is Robin Van Persie a possible candidate?


    LVG: “All the players are possible candidates, I have to get to know them, and therefore I use 4,5, 6 weeks dependable if I’m out already after 4 weeks , but that can be two months also, for me the captain’s role is very important, and therefore I need time and sometimes I didn’t have the time, then I have to make quick decisions but quick decisions are not always good so I use my time for it because I think captain of a team for me is very important.”


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    Q. At your former clubs Ajax and Barcelona you’ve had systems where the same brand of football is played throughout all ages and all levels of the club and that is something you’ve introduced, is that something you want to introduce to Manchester United, one philosophy throught the entire club?


    LVG: “The owners and also the COE, Ed Woodward, has asked me to give advice but the main project is the first team and the first team is more short term than the youth education, that is more long term, so more or less the first year, or maybe two years we have to separate them, because now I need all my knowledge to transfer my philosophy in this selection so you have to give me time to do that and not only you, but also the CEO and the owners”


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    Q. You obviously know the importance of the Class of ’92 to the club and to the fans, have you decided yet on the futures yet of Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes?


    LVG: “Urm, Nicky Butt is already assisting us, Paul Scholes we shall find a role for him but also for Phil Neville I believe, that’s what we want, but it has to be also possible and that we have to look, we also have to adapt to the quality of these persons so it’s not an easy job, we have to speak about that with then personally and that’s why we have to wait and see.”


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    Q. Did you even consider taking a short holiday between the World Cup and coming here?


    LVG: “It’s now allowed! No, it is not allowed. Of course it was better that I did a half year sabbatical for simple, that I come in January but I could not let them go when you have been asked by the biggest club in the world, that is big challenge and big ambition for me, I have already told the Number 1 of Spain, the Number 1 of Germany, the Number 1 of Holland, there is the fourth competition, in my eyes the 4 strongest competitions in this world, there are Dutch journalists, he’s laughing now because he was writing that the Dutch competition was nothing, I said, tactically we are the best and we have proved that in Brazil and yep, what was the question?!”


    Q. Did you not want a holiday?


    LVG: “Ok, the holiday, yeah, that I have already given an answer to that because when there is a chance like this I never let them go.”


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    Q. You have a reputation for being a strong character, a strong personality, for the fans and the players can you give us an idea on how you’d describe your style of management?


    LVG: “I’m a democratic, I don’t the word, but emphasis, empathy, empathetic human being, of course I have a strong personality, but the other characteristic are more important; and that’s the key of my personality.”


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    Q. What would be success for you in your first season as Manchester United manager?


    LVG: “I don’t know, because first, what I have already said, first I have to see how the players perform my philosophy and how quick they can pick up this philosophy, and then I can answer but now I haven’t worked with most of them because we have to wait and see because it is very important that there is a click between the player and the manager so…”


    Q. Is a top 4 finish, a CL finish the minimum you would require from this group of players?


    LVG: “For me, the challenge is always first, and not fourth, but when you have to analyse after one season, it is dependable upon the click between the player and manager coach.”


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    Q. How would you compare the Premier League with La Liga and the Bundesliga that you have experienced?


    LVG: “I have never worked in the PL, so it’s because of that it’s a big challenge but one I want also, but I have worked in the Spanish League and also the German League and in my time, in my time of Barcelona, in that time I think the Spanish league was the best league and in my time of Germany, I’m sorry, in Germany we were the best league and maybe when I work here, the Premier League is the best league!”


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    Q. You described your style as democratic and a lot of your Dutch players at the World Cup were very complimentary about your man management, but you do have a reputation for also being very autocratic, is that reputation unfair?


    LVG: “Unfair. Because of the media, wants to show that part of the personality but that part of the personality is like this, but when you repeat always that then everybody thinks like that.”


    Q. If you were just autocratic could you not have had the success that you have had in your career?


    “No, I’m always the same person, when I was 39, when I began, because I was 37 when I played professional football, still, and then I was Assistant and that I don’t count, but from 39 I was half coach of Ajax, until now, the personality has not been changed, it’s the same personality but autocratic or strong personality is not the same word and more or less a lot of people are thinking it’s the same work but it’s not like that. I have a strong philosophy and every year I have trained, it is confirming that philosophy, Sir Alex also has a strong philosophy, Sir Alex? Yeah, ok, and it was always confirming that because he won a lot of titles with Manchester United, then I think he has a very good philosophy, when you can do that. I hope I can do that. Or I can start with that philosophy.”


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