Louis van Gaal has said that he is still looking for that “perfect game” from Manchester United and has stressed that he cares more about performances than results.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United had a habit of winning even after turning in scrappy displays but Van Gaal wants United to improve on their recent performances even though his side is on a six match winning streak.
“That’s the main importance [but] when I speak with Sir Alex he says: ‘Not any problem, you have won.’ But for me it’s also the performance that’s very important because when you perform you shall win more and that’s what I want to show to the fans and the players want to show that, and I think also that the guarantee of wins is much bigger when we perform better.”
“The game against Hull City was a good game [3-0 win in November]. We dominated 90 minutes and I want to see more games like that. And now there are too few games that we are dominating 90 minutes and that’s a process.”
“So we have to wait and see but of course when you win six times in a row then the confidence is rising. But I am still looking for a game that it’s more closer to the perfect game than we have given until now.”
On being asked if last weekend’s 3-0 win over Liverpool had given his players a big confidence boost, Van Gaal claimed that it was no great surprise that they beat Brendan Rodger’s side.
He added: “I don’t think that one game had a big influence until now because, okay, the results are very good but we can improve the performances as a team.”
“I am always speaking about the team. I think that the team can improve itself still more and I don’t think that it was a great surprise that we won against Liverpool, neither did the players.”
Asked if there was any progress on David de Gea’s new contract, Van Gaal said: “What? No. Otherwise we give that news but first on MUTV. You do understand that? It’s like that. It’s logical.”
Falcao finally seems to have gotten his chance to impress the boss after a series of niggling injuries and lack of match fitness prevented him from featuring for the club on a regular basis.
“He didn’t play so much then you cannot see too much of a player and he didn’t train so much because he was a lot of time injured so first you have to be fit,” Van Gaal said.
“I have said that three weeks or a month ago, the first demand is fitness of a player. And OK, we wait. Now he shows fitness on the training sessions so maybe I shall select him, maybe for the bench or the lineup. Wait and see.”