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Louis Van Gaal welcomes Manchester United distraction

Louis Van Gaal

New Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal believes United are a welcome distraction during a mentally challenging World Cup campaign.

Manchester United fans worldwide will been eager to watch the Dutch national team in action this summer as a preview to Louis Van Gaal’s time in charge of the Old Trafford club.

The Dutch coach will move to United permanently once the World Cup is over, and the job that awaits him in July is arguably the toughest of his career.

The Red Devils were disappointing last season, finishing in seventh spot, finishing the campaign trophy-less and missing out on Europe altogether.

New personnel, along with tactics and direction are needed at the club, but for Van Gaal, Man United have to wait as right now his mind is fully focused on his current job and that is his country’s World Cup campaign.

Questions over his upcoming club job are inevitable, however, and the former Bayern Munich coach has admitted that Manchester United have been a welcome distraction for him so far.

“The question about Manchester United? There is a time and a place. I don't think this is the place.

“The World Cup is a championship and clubs don't take part in this, so I am fully focused on the national team.

“Distraction? It may be a distraction but, for instance, the players - when was it? - on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, I gave them some time off, just to get out there.

“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 said, quoted by the Daily Mail.

Louis Van Gaal's Dutch side are paired alongside Spain, Chile and Australia in a difficult looking Group B. 

Despite storming through the qualifying section to reach the World Cup, the Dutch in recent friendlies have come under fire from supporters for their playing style, with the over reliance on United striker Robin Van Persie becoming increasingly evident.

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