Van Gaal admits season start “not good enough”

Van Gaal admits season start “not good enough”

Louis van Gaal says he feels “lousy” after Manchester United’s poor start to the season.

Van Gaal’s appointment was greeted with great fanfare at Old Trafford, but after 10 matches United are 10th in the Barclays Premier League.

“It’s not good enough,” the United boss said when asked to evaluate his team’s start to the season.

“I feel lousy.”

Van Gaal has garnered just 13 points so far even though United had a favourable run of fixtures at the start of the season.

His predecessor David Moyes, who lasted just 10 months in the job, had 17 points at this stage last season.

Van Gaal added: “I feel, myself, very lousy for the fans firstly, but also for the board because they have a great belief in me and my players and my staff and when you have 13 points out of 10 matches you are not doing well.”

And Van Gaal has warned concerned United fans it may take a long time before he finds a winning formula with his squad.

“We are in a process and that process shall take more than one year,” said the Dutchman, who was given a three-year contract this summer.

“It shall take three years, I hope, because that is always dependable from a lot of aspects, but I think it shall be and we shall make it happen that we shall win a lot of matches in a row.”

Van Gaal's mood has soured further after his injury list lengthened last weekend.

Marcos Rojo, a £16m buy from Sporting Lisbon, dislocated his left shoulder in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

And the Argentina international could now be out for a number of weeks.

Two specialists have assessed Rojo’s injury this week.

If all goes well with the defender’s recovery he will be out for six weeks. But if all does not go to plan, he could be out until the last week of January.

And even when he has returns, there is a chance the his shoulder could dislocate easily again.

“We don’t need to operate on him, which is a relief,” Van Gaal said.

“But with this injury it is very difficult that it shall not happen again. And that is the problem.

“Yesterday evening a specialist said a conservative way to heal it is maybe best.

“We have always a risk that it happens again.

“Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks. If we have to operate, 12 weeks.”

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