Manchester United latest: Van Gaal ‘distracted’ & Schweinsteiger

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Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal insists thinking about the Red Devils has been a ‘distraction’ for him in his work with the Dutch national team at the World Cup in Brazil but that it is no bad thing.

“You can't just focus monotonously on the World Cup, so perhaps Manchester United was a good distraction. You can't be fully focused on football for five weeks,” he explained.

The Netherlands take on World Cup holders Spain this evening at 8pm GMT in a repeat fixture of the 2010 World Cup Final.

Mexico face Cameroon this evening, followed by Spain v Netherlands and Chile v Australia.

Several United players could be involved in the fixtures including Javier Hernandez, David De Gea, Juan Mata, and Robin van Persie.

However, striker Javier Hernandez was benched this evening for Mexico v Cameroon.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney stated if he plays well, England play well ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with Italy on Saturday night.

“I want to do well. I want to score goals and help England be successful. I know if I have a good tournament, if I play well, then the team will play well,” explained the No.10.

Goalkeeper David De Gea is looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal at United. The Spain international believes the Dutch coach will change the club for the better.

“He will bring important and innovative ideas and I think he's going to be very good for us. He's going to help us a lot because he's going to bring a different style of play,” he said.

Youngster Adnan Januzaj is keen to make his debut on the world stage at the World Cup where he is representing Belgium.

“Any country can win it because it is the World Cup. You have to give everything. I have always said, if you give everything that you have got on the pitch then you might have a chance to go through and you just never know at the World Cup,” said the 19-year-old attacker.

In transfer news, United remain heavily linked with a move for Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer whom The Independent suggest is now their primary target.

In other news, United legend Sir Bobby Charlton is excited about the World Cup and commented on the talent available to the England team.

“England do not have a lot of players to choose from. I remember Fabio Capello saying he only had about 95 top-level players to pick from out of the whole world to play for England. That is unheard of really. But they should all be relaxed, which is actually a good point really. Hopefully, it will help them," he said.

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