Van Gaal reveals he needs time to instill his philosophy at United

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Louis van Gaal has asked for time, from both the press and the club's hierarchy.

During his first press conference as Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal made a whole host of headline-worthy comments.

But one stood out in particular for me, and that was when he said he needed the patience not just of the fans and the press but of the board.

He said it when asked about instilling an ethos not just in the first-team, but at every level of the club.

“The owners and the CEO have asked to give advice but the main project is the first-team and the first-team is more short term than the youth education,” van Gaal said.

“More or less the first year, maybe two years, we have to separate them. For now I need all my knowledge to transfer my philosophy on this selection. You have to give me time to do that and not only you also the CEO and the owners.”

Those last few words may have been lost amid everything that was said before and after, and yet it was telling that a man who has been tipped by many as an instant fix was asking for time.

It was something that was not given to his predecessor David Moyes, and yet you sense it will be given to the Dutchman.

Here is a manager who knows transformations do not occur overnight, a man who was confident enough to say that changing the youth set-up could wait until the first-team repairs were complete.

Van Gaal knows what needs to be done, and he knows how long it will take. And yet he still has his eyes on one thing above all else.

When asked what would be a successful season, he replied, “For me the challenge is always first, and not fourth.”

And there you have it. He wants the title, and will quietly set about trying to do just that. But at the same time he has tempered the expectations, highlighting just what a smart man United have handed the reins to.

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