Louis van Gaal labelled Manchester United the biggest club in the world as he addressed the media for the first time since taking over at Old Trafford.
The former Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona boss, who was announced as David Moyes’ successor in May, took his first training session yesterday morning before addressing the size of the challenge ahead of him at United.
“I will do my best and that’s what I can give. I cannot give predictions because you never know. It’s the biggest club of the world, which I know already after two days,” the 62-year-old, who has won league titles with every club he has managed, told a press conference.
“I have to adapt to this club. It shall not be easy but I will do my utmost best.
“When you see my career, you can see what I have won and that is what I can say. The future shall show if I can do that again.
“It’s a great challenge because of the expectation.
“I worked for Barcelona, in my opinion No.1 in Spain. I have coached Ajax, No.1 in the Netherlands. I have coached Bayern Munich, No.1 in Germany, and now Man United, who are No.1 in England and I hope I shall fulfil expectations.”
Van Gaal’s work with Holland at the World Cup – guiding them to third place –delayed his introduction at Old Trafford.
He arrived at the club’s Carrington training ground for a low-key first day on Wednesday before being unveiled to the press yesterday.
When asked about not taking a holiday following the World Cup, Van Gaal said he could not think about having a vacation with such a huge challenge hanging over him.
“I could not let them go. When you are asked by the biggest club in the world, it’s a big chance for me,” he said.