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Louis van Gaal: ‘No magic’ Formula To Improving Man Utd Fortunes

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says there is no magic formula to turning around the club’s fortunes.

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United have not won in eight games, including their past six in the Premier League, have dropped to sixth place, and are out of the Champions League.

On Saturday they face Swansea, a team Van Gaal has lost to in all three meetings since taking charge.

“There is no magic, it is looking at what has happened and what can improve, as a team and individually,” he said.

“I have lost three times against Swansea, and then you have to evaluate why you lost. It is always like that, then you continue with the same vicious circle of working.

“You make a game plan to beat your opponent and then you have to convince your players. Then you have to train and then you have to be convinced. Then you can be committed and try to perform it.”

Has the pressure eased on Van Gaal?

United drew 0-0 with Chelsea on Monday with a much-improved performance following a Boxing Day defeat at Stoke that had led to speculation the Dutchman would be sacked if they lost again.

Asked if the draw had eased the pressure on his position, Van Gaal said: “I don’t know because pressure is also what you experience by yourself and also by the players.

“Most important are the players, of course, because they have to perform at a certain time. They have to give everything and that is the most difficult aspect. That is the players’ function.

“You have to show it for 90 minutes against the resistance of the opponent and also under the pressure of the environment and the pressure you put yourself under. You have to cope with that.”

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