Manchester United latest: Van Gaal meets the press and Carrick out injured

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Louis van Gaal delivered his first press conference as Manchester United manager today.

The Dutch coach opened by thanking club legend Sir Bobby Charlton for guiding him, described United as ‘the biggest club in the world’ and asserted that he will continue his successful career at Old Trafford where he intends to win trophies.

He insisted United have a lot to prove following their seventh place finish in the Premier League last term but asserted his belief that United are still the No.1 club in England.

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Meanwhile, reports continue that Louis van Gaal will ‘axe’ as many as 10 players at Old Trafford this summer, giving fringe players one last chance to prove their worth to the club.

Louis van Gaal ‘hinted’ at more new arrivals as well as revealing he had sanctioned the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

“The players we have bought - Shaw and Herrera - they were already on the list. I gave my approval because I like them. First I want to see the players performing under my philosophy and how quickly they can pick up this philosophy. Now, I haven't worked with most of them so we have to wait and see. It's very important there's a ‘click’ between players and the manager," he explained.

“In the first three or four weeks I want to see what they can do. Then maybe I will buy other player,” he added.

The manager also moved to ‘defend’ his strict reputation, insisted he believed in a “democratic” approach to team affairs.

I'm democratic, empathetic to human beings. Of course I have a strong personality, but the other characteristics are more important," he insisted.

United’s new away kit for the 2014/15 season has been leaked after it went on sale in Bristol accidentally before it has been officially launched by the club although neither JD Sport or the club have commented on the apparent mistake.

In team news, Michael Carrick has been ruled out for three months, as the midfielder requires ankle surgery. Louis van Gaal revealed the 32-year-old’s injury news was a blow as he values player of experience at the club.

Elsewhere, Shinji Kagawa is looking forward to working under Louis van Gaal. The Japan attacking midfielder told reporters:

"I feel incredibly excited. It’s a new start and I feel re-energised. It’s up to the players to get the results we need. I have a strong desire to do well.”

"I’ll look more closely at my game and accept the challenge filled with passion," he added.

In transfer news, Juventus are intent on keeper United target Arturo Vidal this summer as the Chilean spoke out yesterday to confirm that he was the subject of a proposed deal with United but also stated he would be happy to remain at the Serie A champions if a move to Old Trafford fell through.

Finally, Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was photographed on holiday with Robin van Persie amid speculation he Belgian centre-back could be on his way to Old Trafford this summer.

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