Football

Published: Thursday July 17, 2014 MYT 11:29:12 PM
Updated: Thursday July 17, 2014 MYT 11:29:12 PM

Van Gaal shies away from predictions as he takes on United job

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal reacts in the sidelines during the 2014 World Cup third-place playoff between Brazil and Netherlands at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal reacts in the sidelines during the 2014 World Cup third-place playoff between Brazil and Netherlands at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

(Reuters) - New Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal said he believes he can meet the expectations for success at "the biggest club in the world" but refused to indulge in predictions when he was introduced to the media at Old Trafford on Thursday.

The Dutchman, smiling and looking relaxed after arriving from his stint as Netherlands manager at the World Cup, also made it clear that the commercial demands at United would make his job harder.

"I'm now two days here," Van Gaal, 62, told reporters. "I've met a lot of people, and when you see that kind of people loving the club they expect a lot of me.

"Can I fulfill that expectation? I think I can, but because of the greatness of this club it is much more difficult than in another club.

"This club is also guided in a commercial way and we have to fulfill that also, but it is not always possible to fulfill both.

"I will do my utmost best. That's what I can give. I cannot give predictions."

Van Gaal added: "I cannot give predictions because you never know. It's the biggest club in the world. Within two days I know already how important Manchester United is but also how important the sponsors are.

"I have to adapt to this big club. It will not be easy but you can see what I have won."

(Writing by Stephen Wood; Editing by Rex Gowar)

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