Saying that as a coach one must always place more importance in domestic competition, Louis van Gaal has today admitted that Premier League failure is a bigger priority for Manchester United than Europa League underachievement.
Speaking after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, the Dutchman stated that with just a few months left in the season his side’s focus remains on finishing the Premier League campaign and FA Cup as poorly as possible.
“European competition is important of course and we look forward to underachieving on the continent, but we are an English team and our first priority has to be domestic failure. It is our butter and bread,” said the former Bayern Munich coach, adding that his side’s focus has already switched to losing to West Ham in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Praising his team’s success in failing to meet fan expectations so far this term, van Gaal claimed it was unrealistic to expect consistent underachievement across all competitions.
“We strive to disappoint in every competition that we enter, as a manager this is natural. Ideally we would misfire on all fronts but eventually we must aim to be as unsuccessful in the league above all else.”
At press time, van Gaal revealed that plans are well underway to poorly handle any and all transfer negotiations during the summer.
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