Manchester United’s Juan Mata: ‘Louis van Gaal is a good man, and a great manager’ [Video]
Speaking after the midweek win over LA Galaxy, Juan Mata spoke of how impressed he’s been by new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
Mata said he’s been impressed not just with Van Gaal’s managerial skills, but also his human values:
‘He’s good, very good, both on and off the pitch.
I think he’s a good man, and obviously a great manager.
Mata added that the lingua franca with Van Gaal is English, no speaking ones’ native language within international cliques.
Mata also said that Van Gaal’s forthright approach is a big positive, saying:
‘He’s very honest, he’s straight, he tells players what he thinks to their face, and that’s good, it’s the perfect way to do it.’
On the 7-0 win over the Galaxy, Mata spoke about the shift in tactics under Van Gaal:
“The truth is we are trying to play with a new system. I don’t know how much time it takes – maybe one month or two but the most important thing is to believe in what we do.
Mata also added (not on the video):
“For me personally if I play behind the two strikers it’s a good position. I can look for the ball. I feel comfortable in this role.
“This system can be very dangerous. But you have to communicate and co-ordinate.”
Watch Live Stream
- Juan Mata looks ahead to Man United’s clash against Liverpool in latest blog postOctober 10, 2016
- Man United to lock down a defender & midfielder to new contractsOctober 9, 2016
- The full story of when Juan Mata met nine-year-old disabled Man United fan Alex Nield (BBC Video)October 4, 2016
- Class: Juan Mata ran to meet a disabled Man United fan before the Stoke game (Video)October 2, 2016
- Gerard Pique recalls the time when Louis van Gaal pushed him to the ground when he was 12 (Video)October 14, 2016
- Man United number 7 Memphis Depay takes aim at Louis van Gaal in new interview [MetroNieuws]October 4, 2016
- Former Man United boss Louis van Gaal looks set for a return to Bundesliga [Reports]September 22, 2016
- Louis van Gaal ‘cried like a baby’ in front of his players after he was sacked by Barcelona [Quotes]September 17, 2016
- Paul Pogba’s curious claim after Man United win over Fenerbahce (video)October 21, 2016
- David Luiz is looking forward to Chelsea v Manchester United (video)October 21, 2016
- Man United fans hail irreplaceable first team star after Fenerbahce win (video)October 21, 2016
- The Pogba-Lingard celebrations after Man United goals v Fenerbahce (video)October 21, 2016