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Van Gaal eager not to let Ferguson down

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits that disappointing former Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson has put him under more pressure.

Ferguson heaped praise on the former Netherlands head coach, calling the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager “a great coach”.

Asked ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United about the support he’s received from Ferguson since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer, the Dutch boss has branded it “fantastic”.

But the 63-year-old admits the faith of Ferguson has added more pressure on him.

He said:

Yes, it is fantastic when you come to Manchester United.”

“You hope that he shall support you. When he is supporting you, he showed a lot of confidence and belief in me, and that I need as a trainer and coach.”

“As manager of Manchester United you need belief and support of managers such as Sir Alex but also Bobby Charlton and David Gill.”

“They have the belief and I’m happy with that, then you can work in an easier way.”

“But it is also a pressure because he believes in you and it gives you that pressure that you have to have to get results. It is not so easy to win Premier League matches.”


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