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Arsenal maybe have a better team than Chelsea: Louis van Gaal

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Louis van Gaal has put Manchester United back in contention for Champions League places

Manchester United will look to increase their advantage over Liverpool as the Merseyside club lost 1-3 to Crystal Palace in Steven Gerrard's last home game for the club. However, they find themselves facing a tough task as they host Arsenal on Sunday.

The Dutch manager Louis van Gaal speaking ahead of the game spoke about the need for a winning mentality.

He said: “I think that winning mentality is the quality of a champion.

“Of course we have improved lot, but the way how Chelsea can play and finish the games that we have to learn still because that's the big difference now with Chelsea.

“I also think Arsenal maybe have a better team than Chelsea, but they cannot finish like Chelsea.

“We are getting closer in the big games from what I have seen. We have played Manchester City, with 10 men and we were better and at the home better.

“So the difference is not the level of the performance. It is to finish the game. And Chelsea have done that the best.”

The former Netherlands manager spoke about the pressure of a big money transfer on players.

“I think the team is always better than the individual player,” van Gaal said. “OK, I think when a player like Messi or Ronaldo or Bale can contribute in that philosophy then they are pleased to come.


“But you never know about a player of £80m because it is not the money playing, but the person is playing. He has to perform the way we want to perform as a club as Manchester United.

“So when you buy players of £80m the pressure is unbelievably high. It's not so easy for the player either. It's always dependable of whether he can perform in the way we want. So that's the most important thing.”

Van Gaal also discussed the internal transfer process at Manchester United and his role along with Ed Woodward in bringing in new players.

Speaking about potential transfers, he said, “The club shall negotiate and then it's out of my hands, because I am not negotiating and Ed Woodward is doing that, I'm not the man who decides that.

“I don't spend the money. I have explained how it works. I look for the players who fit in our profile and then I say to Ed Woodward, 'OK, I want this player in the first position and the second option is that player and then we go to third when they are not available.'

He added: “But he is negotiating, I am not negotiating. I'm not buying. For me money is not important. Because the most expensive players are not playing with me or playing with me, you have to do what we want to do as a team.”

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