Tuesday, 20th May, 2014
Louis van Gaal believes he will be able to juggle his new job at Manchester United with his more imminent task of leading Holland at the World Cup, as he will do Red Devils work on his days off.
The Holland coach has been appointed Manchester United manager on a three-year contract and will take up his post when the Oranje conclude their World Cup campaign.
That takes the Dutchman away from Old Trafford at a vital time in the summer, when transfer targets are being drawn up and pre-season plans finalised.
Van Gaal will devote himself to Manchester United however, as he has until now – just on his days off.
"A coach isn't comparable to a player", Van Gaal explained on the RTL Late Night show.
"A player needs to make a choice in a second on the pitch. A coach can take thirty or sixty days to do so.
"I have done all my Manchester United work on my days off and today [yesterday] I even remained in the Netherlands. Everyone thought I would be in England, but I just had to work on the review of the Netherlands-Ecuador. So that's why I stayed at home."
Van Gaal is taking coaches Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek to Manchester United, although the Red Devils will provide Ryan Giggs as the Dutchman's assistant boss.