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Van Gaal feels 'stupid' for giving himself three month target for Man Utd

Louis van Gaal believes he made a mistake when he set a three-month target to judge his reign at Manchester United.

The experienced Red Devils boss has endured an indifferent start to his career at Old Trafford, with the team finding themselves in sixth place after making their worst start in the English Premier League era with just one win in their opening five games despite £​150 million ($307.6m) being invested in new players.

While their form has picked up with back-to-back 2-1 wins over West Ham and Everton in their last two matches, van Gaal feels his earlier comments in the media about giving himself three months to have an impact on the team have backfired on him.

Performance counts

The 63-year-old said at a press conference: "I have said it was very stupid to say three months because then you (media) are only talking about three months.

"It is always the performance that counts, but the performance always goes up and down. Then we rise. When that date is, or what that match is, depends.

"Against Everton we could not say it was very good. The first 60 minutes, maybe, but a game lasts 90 minutes.

"I don't think points are very important in the process. It's the game, it's the style, it's the formation, it's the philosophy that we have to judge and not the points. The points are coming when we are playing good, and not only good for 60 minutes, but 90 minutes."

Source: PA Sport

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