MK Dons vs Manchester United: Louis van Gaal 'not shocked' despite heavy League Cup defeat to third tier side

Dutch manager calls on club's fans to trust him after humiliation

stadium mk

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal urged the clubs fans to believe in him and his philosophy last night, but admitted after an eviscerating League Cup second round defeat to MK Dons that he might have to change his tactical philosophy to get the best out of Angel di Maria.

The Dutchman admitted that it would be difficult for supporters to trust him - following a 4-0 defeat to the third tier side which he remarkably said had “not shocked” him. But they must, he insisted. “It is difficult for the fans to believe in philosophy of Louis van Gaal but you have to do that because I am here to build up a new team and a new team in not built in one month,” he declared.

Van Gaal proclaimed that di Maria's arrival would transform the team, likening it to his purchase of Arjen Robben almost five years ago to the day at Bayern Munich - a signing which ultimately brought triumph from a disastrous start. “Now di Maria is coming and he has to adapt also to our culture. He cannot change [immediately],” the new manager said. He seemed to hint that di Maria's introduction may create a change of system, with a 4-3-3 model a possible way of integrating him and exposing United's defence less by playing a high defensive line. “The process needs time so we shall see if with di Maria we have to change the system or not. You have to train it and it's a matter of time because we shall see if we have to change the system.”

Read more: MK Dons 4 Man Utd 0 match report
Di Maria: just what United need
Did Van Gaal drop Vidal hint?
Gary Neville on Di Maria

The manager defended his decision not to include his elite stars in the starting XI - as Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers did when his side played Notts County at the same stage last season. He insisted that he was coping with nine injuries and a second game in the space of 48 hours. He played two debutantes. “I didn't think I could play with the squad I used on Sunday. I had to look at the second team and youth education and then we played this match.” Catastrophic defensive errors handed the game to Karl Robinson's side - all four goals stemmed from unforced errors or concession of possession in United's own half. “When you make errors like that you give the match away,” van Gaal lamented.

 

In a detailed analysis of the defeat which will dismay many United fans - who believe the club should be above the minutiae of hand to hand combat with a third tier team - van Gaal said he altered his system at the interval to create a “1 v 1 over the whole pitch.” That caused more risks, while allowing United to create more chances, he said. “At half time I am a coach who is always taking risks. I want to win this one match,” he said. “When you are thinking you have to win, you have to take risks. I change the way we played.” But a more fundamental, less academic analysis of what unfolded was that United were overwhelmed in every department, not even managing a shot on goal until the 72nd minute.

Van Gaal was irritated to be pressed on why he was not shocked. “You are repeating the question,” he said. But he said he appreciated the fans' shock. “That's another question - yes that is very difficult when you start as a manger in the Premier League with a home match loss [to Swansea City] and after that draw and you lose in a cup match”

He refused to say that he had expected more from senior players, with six internationals on the field from mid-way through the first half. “You play as a team,” he said. “There are always questions about individuals. Everybody contributes in a team and sometimes one is better than the other. We have to judge the team not one individual player.”

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee