Date: 29th August 2014 at 7:43am
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And start again!

At the pre-match press conference, ahead of the trip to Turf Moor to face newly-promoted Burnley, Louis Van Gaal came up with a revealing statement.

Having seen Manchester United fail to win either of their two opening Premier League games and be unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup by the MK Dons, van Gaal had everyone leaning forward to grasp just what he`d said when he coolly remarked,

“I`m ripping up this squad.”

“I had a conversation with the players after lunch and said maybe after this weekend we`ll have another group. There will be players going, others coming.”


Although it`s probably a remedy that is needed, following our fall from grace last season, it does seem a strange time to be going for a major overhaul, namely once the actual season has started.

However, it appears that Louis van Gaal might not have appreciated the enormity of the task he`d taken on.

When asked if he was surprised by what had to be done, his replied,

“Yes. But that is looking at the past.”

“That is a question I don`t want to answer. Why? Because I want to show my respect to David Moyes and to Mr Ferguson. We need to look at the future.”

“We are restoring and rebuilding a new team. That costs time, I`m sorry to say that.”


Which to us looks as if we can rule out any major silverware this season, but, to be fair to Louis, he did remind us of something he`d said when he first joined the club, on our US tour, commenting,

“I said on tour in the USA that I want to judge the players and give them a fair chance. I`ve done that. Now I have judged all the players.”

So it would seem and it looks as if we`re in for a hectic couple of days before the transfer window slams shut on Monday 1st September.