The new United boss, who guided Netherlands to third place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has overseen a relatively impressive pre-season so far, with the Premier League club picking up wins over LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
However, following United’s dismal 2013/14 campaign in which the then-Premier League champions finished a hugely disappointing seventh, the 62-year-old has declared that time is needed before the Red Devils are playing in the style that he wants.
The Dutchman was quoted by Voetbal International as saying: “I need a period of at least 10 weeks to get this team to play the way I want to.”
Van Gaal has also insisted that there will be no mid-season friendlies during the first few weeks of the Premier League season following rumours that United would jet off abroad to play lucrative friendlies.
“Only after that (10 weeks) will matters be different and will we consider to play a couple of matches abroad,” Van Gaal added.
“I’ve spoken to the club’s management about friendlies in the coming season. The opponents need to be of a high level.”
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