Louis van Gaal told those present today that Memphis and James Wilson suffered injury from Wednesday’s loss to Middlesborough.
The main thrust of the conference centred around Van Gaal’s response to Paul Scholes’ criticism, which can be viewed here.
Asked whether Scholes’ sentiments may be shared by United’s supporters, the Dutchman had this to say:
“We play for the fans and you see the stadium is still full for the Capital One Cup. That is not normal,” LVG claimed.
“I think United is always entertaining. I read the papers and I see that it is boring, but I don’t think there are more spectators in another stadium than ours. I cannot imagine how it is in other stadiums, but it was a fantastic atmosphere, because of the Boro and United fans, and they have supported the players fantastically. They even clapped us down the tunnel when we lost.”
LvG keen to point out that a stronger City side lost 2-0 to Boro at home a few months ago. pic.twitter.com/aAUj3tQLGK
— Republik of Mancunia (@R_o_M) October 30, 2015
In further response to the defeat, Van Gaal provided context to the result:
“But I have to rotate because we have so many games and the players cannot recover. All the managers agree about that because they are all doing it. When you see the history of Boro, they beat City 2-0 at City last season, but we were 0-0 and we could have won. But we lost and as a manager of Manchester United, you know you shall have a hard time.”
There wasn’t much mention of the impending trip to Selhurst Park, but LVG did take stock of the progress he has made since replacing David Moyes in 2014.
Boss: “Last year we had 13 points from 10 games, now we have 20 from 10. We are improving a lot, but it’s a process.” #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 30, 2015
The full conference can be seen below.