New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal addressed the media on Thursday in his first press conference in charge of the club. But that was not the end of his media duties.
He would also talk exclusively to MUTV in an interview that has since been released on the club’s official website.
And alongside the now familiar answers about sizing up the squad he has inherited and speaking about the unfortunate injury suffered by Michael Carrick, van Gaal also had a message for the United fans.
“I am very proud to be here,” he said. “I hope I fulfil your expectations. I have heard the season tickets are already sold out, I am very pleased. I hope you support your team always, not only when we are winning but when we are losing, because we are winning together and we are losing together.”
That plea to support the team through thick and thin has echoes of Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell speech, when he asked the fans to stick by his successor David Moyes.
And while the former Everton boss has since departed, you sense that van Gaal’s era at United will be markedly different.
There will be defeats, there is no doubt about that. But in the Dutch master United have brought in a manager who it already feels like has made a difference, even though he has only just arrived.