The current manager of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal (Paul Blank)
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said he is prepared to give Mexican star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez an opportunity to prove himself to earn a place with the Red Devils. Van Gaal answered questions to media at a press conference Tuesday night at the Rose Bowl, alongside new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, prior to his team’s open practice in front of over a thousand supporters.
Manchester United faced the Los Angeles Galaxy Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl in the first match of their two-and-a-half-week-long U.S. tour. The Dutchman was tight-lipped and didn’t comment too elaborately on any players, citing his recent arrival at Old Trafford as main reason. Van Gaal managed the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“Now I can only see what he has showed under the guidance of another coach,” he said about the 26-year-old forward. “He will arrive this evening and I will meet him, we will train and after that he will perform in a match, and then I can say something about that.”
Hernandez arrived in Manchester following the 2010 World Cup and was an immediate hit as part of the English Premier League club, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, including game-winning goals in important Premier League and Champions League fixtures.
Van Gaal also refused to comment much on Shaw and Herrera, for whom United paid over 50 million pounds this summer.
“That is why I cannot answer this question now. I want to give all the players a chance to show themselves under my guidance.”
During a shooting drill, a spirited van Gaal praised several players and showed a highly-energetic form of encouragement overall. His arrival signals a new beginning for United, and his energy a stark contrast from last season’s manager David Moyes, who was sacked after one injury-riddled season at United after taking over for Sir Alex Ferguson.