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Van Gaal Preparing Excuses?

It would appear new Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal is preparing excuses before his side’s first English Premier League game against Swansea on Saturday.

Van Gaal has a length injury list on his hands with Robin van Persie and new signing Luke Shaw (hamstring) ruled out for the upcoming game while Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia and striker Danny Welbeck are doubtful.

Speaking ahead of the match Van Gaal admitted he was not entirely happy with their pre-season which saw them touring the US.

“We have started more or less in the US and not here,” said Van Gaal.

“Only a few players have trained here since 7 July and on 18 July we went to the US when I was here.

“Before that, my assistants were it and it was a small group.

“After a World Cup, all of the players are coming in different moments and it is very difficult to train.

“They are at different levels and we have a big staff so we can do that.

“But we also have to travel, we have also to deal with jet lag and a lot of matches in 14 days.”

Van Gaal did say that he was happy to hand Wayne Rooney the captaincy for the Red Devils.

“His (Ronney) attitude on the pitch and on the training ground and off the pitch is very important, and I explained that to him,” added the United coach.

“I like him very much and how he trains and performs. I also liked the way he performed with his fellow players.”

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