Van Gaal regrets setting Man Utd target

Louis van Gaal has admitted he regrets asking to be judged as Manchester United manager after three months as it has put undue focus on the squad, ESPN reports.

Van Gaal took over at Old Trafford after the taking the Netherlands to third place in the World Cup and said in July that he should be assessed after he has worked with the United players for three months.

The experienced boss has though said it was a mistake to make such a statement as what matters more than the time is the performance. “I have said it was very stupid to say three months because then [the media] are only talking about three months,” van Gaal said. “It is always the performance that counts, but the performance always goes up and down. Then we rise. When that date is, or what that match is, depends.”

United are sixth in the Premier League prior to Monday night’s game against West Bromwich Albion and have won their last two, beating West Ham and Everton at Old Trafford. Van Gaal has overseen the collection of 11 points from a possible 21, picking up three wins and two draws in seven games.

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