Football

LVG: I've never let my clubs down

He is not called the "Iron Tulip" for nothing.

Louis van Gaal's spell at Manchester United has yielded two draws and two defeats but the iron-willed Dutchman (above) is as cool as a cucumber.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the Old Trafford manager is anything but worried when he looked at the English Premier League table, where United, with just two points, are in 14th spot.

Said the former Holland coach: "Do I get worried when I look at the league table now? Come off it, that means nothing. We have only just started."

He insisted that he has no regrets over taking the manager's job at United despite the building pressure.

The Dutchman was thought to be on his way to Tottenham but chose to move to Old Trafford.

But the United board have backed their manager to the tune of £150 million ($309m) with the signings of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao and van Gaal is adamant he knew the size of the task he was taking on.

"No, I don't regret taking this job," he said. "Yes, it is a massive job I have taken on at Manchester United. I realise that.

"And the situation is not worse than I thought - I knew what I would find on my plate.

"I could have opted for an easier job. If I had gone to Tottenham, the job would not have been as enormous as here at United.

"I could have easily gone to Spurs. But I chose the biggest challenge of all the jobs in football. And I really wanted to join the 
No. 1 club in the country, not Tottenham.

"Financially, Tottenham were kind of as attractive as Man United.

"But, in my eyes, Man United are still the No. 1 club in England, Tottenham really are not."

Van Gaal will be hoping he is given more time than predecessor David Moyes, who was dismissed just 11 months after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson last season.

And the former 
Bayern Munich coach is confident his bosses have faith in him, citing a meeting with the Bavarians' general manager after a poor start to the Bundesliga season in 2009.

"My start at Bayern was just as bad as my start with Manchester United," said van Gaal.

"But the big difference was that at Bayern I had already been called in for a major showdown with Uli Hoeness, who wanted an explanation.

"And what have United done? They have just bought more players for me.

"They are supporting me. That is a sign of trust in the manager. I feel that. I feel their trust and belief in my ability.

"It is not just a matter of believing in my football philosophy, but in me as a person, too.

"And the facts are that I have never let my clubs down. I have won things. I have given those clubs success. And that is exactly what I will do here at United." - PA Sport.