Thursday, 3 September 2015

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal won’t lose sleep over his lack of popularity... and the Dutchman will feel it has been a good summer for the club

By all accounts, Louis van Gaal toasted the close of the transfer window with a large glass of red wine at his holiday home in the Algarve. ‘My paradise in Portugal,’ as he likes to call it.
The Dutchman and his employers at Manchester United clearly feel it has been a good summer for the club.
Six new signings will be the exception rather than the norm from now on, and the world-record deal for teenager Anthony Martial pushed United’s spending well north of the £100million mark for the second year in a row. 
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has made a number of dramatic changes this summer
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has made a number of dramatic changes this summer
Van Gaal was on holiday in Portugal during transfer deadline day as United were hard at work
Van Gaal was on holiday in Portugal during transfer deadline day as United were hard at work
United sealed a shock £36million move for unproven Monaco striker Anthony Martial on Tuesday
United sealed a shock £36million move for unproven Monaco striker Anthony Martial on Tuesday
Martial has already drawn comparisons to iconic Arsenal forward Thierry Henry due to his acceleration
Massy, just a stone's throw from Henry's native Les Ulis, in Ile de France
Martial has already drawn comparisons to iconic Arsenal forward Thierry Henry (right) due to his acceleration
Martial (left) shares a joke with France and Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma during France training
Martial (left) shares a joke with France and Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma during France training
After signing with United on deadline day, Martial was back to business with his country on Wednesday
After signing with United on deadline day, Martial was back to business with his country on Wednesday
Then there was the news that David de Gea will be staying at Old Trafford, albeit reluctantly, for the next nine months.
All in all, Van Gaal had every reason to be pleased with himself as he enjoyed his view over the Atlantic.
There was little chance, we are told, of him leaving the comfort of his villa and catching a short flight to Spain for a private chat with De Gea, who was mourning the collapse of his move to Real Madrid.
That is not Van Gaal’s style. He is not the arm-around-the-shoulder kind of guy and, at 64, the man they call the Iron Tulip is not for bending. ‘Louis does what Louis does,’ said one well-placed source.