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Friday 17 August 2018

United boss up for 'big challenge' with club in 'transition'

LOUIS van Gaal believes that making a go of it at Manchester United could be the biggest challenge he has faced in a long and successful career.

"At this moment this is maybe my toughest job but we have to see in a year. We cannot say it about one week with the injuries," he said. "As a manager you know already in advance that it's a big challenge. This club is in a transition. What you don't know in advance is what the hard moments will be."

Van Gaal was quick to defend his players from criticism, pointing out that they have human frailties. "I don't think my players are robots - they are human beings and human beings make errors," he said. Van Gaal admitted that he is down to the bare bones at the back for tomorrow's home game against West Ham.

"All the three right-sided center-halves are out," he said.

"I don't know how long they will be out for. Evans is a very difficult one. His bone is bruised a lot and we have to wait and see, to evaluate it.

"Smalling ran out of the training session because he had stiff legs. We have to see what that means. But I don't take risks with players."

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