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Van Gaal: I've done the best I can with this squad

The Manchester United boss points to 14 injuries that could have made his season look very different.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

NESTLED IN FIFTH place with the Premier League finish line in sight, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes he has done the best he can with the players at his disposal.

The Dutchman, whose position at the Old Trafford club has been the subject of widespread media speculation all season long, was perhaps emboldened by the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Everton when he said United could have performed better this season had they had more quick and creative players and not been hit by injuries.

“I have said everything before. We need quick, creative players. I’ve said that, also in the transfer period,” Van Gaal told reporters.

That’s a tricky remark of me because I have to manage players whose quality is not always what I want.

“But still we are here, still we are fighting for the fourth place, also we are in the final of the FA Cup.

“We have played in three competitions, I think we are the team who have played the most matches in this season. We’ve done it with a small group with 14 injuries.

“When everybody was fit — I tell it again, I have said it before — we were first in the league at that time. Then when we had 14 injuries, or the double injuries on the full-back positions, I could not solve that problem.”

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