On Thursday, Louis van Gaal was formally introduced as the Manchester United manager.
The Dutchman was appointed the Red Devils’ boss back in May, but he could properly take charge of the first team only this week because of his 2014 World Cup commitment with the Netherlands national side.
The 62-year-old faced the media as the United boss for the first time on Thursday, and he seemed to take it in his stride.
Former United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen was impressed with how the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach conducted himself during the media briefing, and hailed him as the ‘right man’ for the Manchester outfit.
Just watched Luis Van Gaal's press conference. If you judged him by his demeanour and confidence, United have appo... http://t.co/jZ9CEqtolN— michael owen (@themichaelowen) July 17, 2014
‘Just watched Luis Van Gaal's press conference’, the 34-year-old ex-Real Madrid and Newcastle United star wrote on Sportlobster.com. ‘If you judged him by his demeanour and confidence, United have appointed the right man’.
Van Gaal did indeed come across as very confident and also quite coy. For example, he did not give a definitive answer on what his aim is for the 2014-15 season – whether it is to finish in the top four of the Premier League or to win the title.
The former Ajax boss also refused to definitely say whether Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney will be his captain. Moreover, he gave a glimpse of his well-known arrogance when he claimed that he has a ‘strong personality’, and when he stated: ‘When you see my career, you can see what I have won’.
Van Gaal’s press conferences are always intriguing, but perhaps it will be more interesting to see how United play and perform in the upcoming season.