Louis van Gaal wants his Manchester United team to rule the world!
Van Gaal’s start to life as United manager may not have gone completely to plan, but his side are third in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a 10-match unbeaten run.
Although some performances under Van Gaal have been far from spectacular, the 63-year-old has gone a long way to restoring the sense of grandeur about the 20-time English champions that was lacking during the failed reign of David Moyes.
Having won titles in Spain, Holland and Germany, Van Gaal sets lofty ambitions for himself and he has made it clear he wants to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford soon.
Van Gaal spent £155million on new players last summer to help him achieve his aims and the club flexed their muscles again this week by beating a host of rivals to the signing of Victor Valdes as back-up to David de Gea.
“My ambition is that I have the best players who can collaborate with each other to form the best team in the world,” the United manager said.
Van Gaal reeled off his standard answer regarding transfer speculation when asked whether Valdes’ arrival could prompt the exit of first choice David de Gea, whose contract expires in 18 months’ time.
“I cannot discuss that with you,” Van Gaal said at his weekly press conference.
“I discuss that with David and Victor and it shall be like that.”
Van Gaal was more forthcoming when discussing the challenge Valdes faces to dislodge De Gea from the United starting XI.
“Nobody is happy to be number two and he has to have ambition to beat David De Gea – but it shall be very hard for him,” Van Gaal said.
“David de Gea has developed himself in the six months that I’ve been here very much. I’m very pleased with his development.
Valdes left Barcelona last summer following a long association that stretched back to when he was just 10.
The goalkeeper has been training with United since October in a bid to help him recover from a serious knee injury he suffered in March.
Van Gaal, who handed Valdes his Barca debut 13 years ago, is satisfied the player has fully recovered from his injury.
“When we invite Victor Valdes to have his rehabilitation here in Manchester United you do that for him and also for yourself,” Van Gaal said.
“You have the chance to see his rehabilitation but also if his quality is still the same and he has confirmed both.”