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Q. You’ve been working with the players for the best part of a week now, what impression have they given you?


LVG: “They are hard-working players. They are focused and that’s very important for me. I enjoy working with them and that’s much more important than you can imagine.”


Q. Has it been hard work for them, double sessions? in the heat of LA?


LVG: “I don’t know what they are used to but double sessions for me is normal but I have the impression that for some players it’s very difficult, and we have also different players because we
have trained with the non-World Championship players already for two weeks and now we have the World Champion players, from England for example. Yeah, and they have to adapt to the level of what is required now and that’s for, that kind of players, very difficult.”


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Q. I suppose they have to adapt to you and your new coaching staff, how do you think they have responded to your new coaching staff?


LVG: “Yeah, what I already said, they are hard working players, they are focussed players, when I see them doing the exercises what I require, what my staff requires, they respond very good and also they’re disciplinated, and I like the discipline in the player because we need discipline in the pitch when we play a match. But also outside the pitch they are very discliplinated and I like that.”


Q. Could you tell us a bit more about your coaching staff, they are obviously new to the club, how are they getting on, can you tell us a bit more about them?


LVG: “First of all, is my assistant manager Ryan Giggs and I’m very pleased with him. I talked with him before I have to sign. Ok, then your first impression is very important and that was already good, but now the impression is still improving because I know him better. I see that also, he is working very hard, and all my assistants are working very hard. Because that for me is very important that you don’t have a job from 9-5. You have to work very hard when you’re assistant of me – it’s not always a pleasant job. But he’s doing well, very well and I’m very happy he’s on my staff.”


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Q. Is it important you’ve got someone like him obviously a history of the club?


LVG: “I’m used to picking always one staff member from the last staff of the club because I want to know the culture and he can advise me. I want to know the players and he can advise me. And want to know the talent of the youth players and he can advise me. That’s why I always picking up trainer-coaches of the last season; and in Barcelona I did that with Jose Mourinho, at Bayern I did it with Hermann Gerland and now it’s Ryan Giggs. Therefore, I’m very pleased because he knows everybody, he knows the culture better than who are working now at Manchester United, I believe, so I’m very pleased that he is in my staff.”


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Q> How important are the staff that you have bought to the club that you have worked with for a long time?


LVG: “Staff is more important than the players, I can tell you. It’s unfortunate thing that I say that for the players but you have to implement a philosophy and therefore you need staff, and you need the staff who you can give me the confidence that they’re doing the things what I require so I’m working for example with Frans Hoek, already more than 20 years he is my coach goalkeepers coach and a goalkeeper for me is an 11th player, so then your goalkeepers coach has to say the same, and the same philosophy so it’s very important and yeah he worked with me in Ajax, in Barcelona, in Munich and now in Manchester and I think it’s good that he is my coach for the goalkeepers.


Then I worked with Albert Stuivenberg now only one year, only one year, and that is particular for me because normal always coaches where I am, have a longstanding relationship with, but he has so much talent this boy, I picked him up in the Dutch federation, he was my coach for the under 21s, and I (can’t hear) as my scout in the World Championship and he did a remarkable job and that’s why I want to reward him to be my assistant here as a coach. And he gave already a fantastic impression for me, but also for the players, and that’s much more important I think, but only one year I know him. Marcel Bout, he shall scout the future opponent, with him I work since AK, I don’t know if the fans shall know AZ, but with that minor club I was also the Champions of the Netherlands but Marcel shall scout the opponents and is working since the time I worked in AZ in 2006.


Then I have, the fitness logic, Jos van Dijk, he write my programmes, he is also working since AZ for me, so we have a very good relationship and it’s very important to write the programmes that the trainer has to do, and it has to be always progressive because it’s very important that your players are not injured because of the preparation so ’til now we are doing great but only three days.”


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Q. So Louis, we’ve been through the backroom staff, there are a few more to come still, a few more than you missed out?


LVG: “Yeah, I have forgotten my computer guru, it’s unbelievable because he’s not only my computer guru, he’s also hardly my son, but he’s not called Van Gaal he’s called Max Reckers, and he collects all the data that we need, and we have a lot of date because in Manchester United, already there was a philosophy, that you have to measure everything and it’s called the sports science department, unbelievable, what kind of data they have and I’m also very pleased that that kind of support is already arranged in Manchester and they have supported us very good, not only sports and science department but also the medical department, the kitmen, it is unbelievable what organisation you have to make for such a big group as such a big club.”


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Q. Have you learnt all the names?


LVG: “It’s very difficult but I’m learning still but for my staff in my environment I know all the names.”


Q. This week will be your first actual game in charge against LA Galaxy, I know it’s a friendly but will it be special for you to be in the dug out as Manchester United manager for the first time?


LVG: “It is is always special when you are coaching in a new club, your first match. But it's a match in preparation time. I think the match against Valencia at home at Old Trafford is more the match that I shall feel the tension. I hope that my team is supported by the fans. That is very important because after last season, the fans are not spoiled, and I hope that we can spoil these fans in this season."


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Q. And finally what’s been your impression of the last week and impression of the tour, the size of the club, the amount of things you have to do, what’s it been like for you?


LVG: "Maybe it is too big a club! Because not only in a sporting sense but also commercially. We have to do a lot of things that normally I don't allow that. But I have to adapt to this big club but I think also this big club has to adapt to Louis van Gaal. I hope we have a balance in that."


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