Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists that he demands perfection from his side in every game, despite former boss Sir Alex Ferguson telling him to be content with the results.
With six consecutive wins under the belt this season, the 20-times English champions are on their best run since the arrival of the Dutchman in the summer this year, after the hiccups of the initial few months that saw them crashing out of the League Cup by losing 4-0 to MK Dons.
But the former Barcelona coach claims that his side have still not played up to their potential and feels that though the results are all that matter, the team has a lot of room for improvement.
“I’m not only focused on results, although of course that’s the main thing. When I speak with Sir Alex he says: ‘There’s no problem – you’ve won’,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“But for me it’s also the performance, because when you perform well you win more. That’s what I want to show to the fans, and the players want to show that, and the guarantee of wins is much bigger when we perform better”, he added.
The Red Devils’ are on the back of a 3-0 victory over Liverpool last weekend, a win that did not come as a surprise to the manager. But with the team riding high on confidence, Van Gaal still feels beating the Claret and Blues in their own backyard would not be a piece of cake, and hopes his team can produce a near perfect performance to register their seventh win on the trot.
“The team can improve more but I don’t think it was a great surprise that we won (against Liverpool)”, the former Bayern Munich boss said via Manchester United’s official website.
“When you win six times in a row the confidence is rising, but I’m still looking for a game that is more close to the perfect game than we have given until now.
“They (Aston Villa) haven’t lost so much. They draw, they win, and when they lose it’s always by a one-goal difference. It shall be very difficult”, the 63-year-old further explained.
Though, the manager blatantly refused to give any update on goalkeeper David De Gea’s contract status. The Spanish international, who has been a star for the Old Trafford outfit this season, will run out of contract in the summer of 2016, and with rumours linking the shot-stopper to La Liga giants Real Madrid over the past few weeks, the English club will be hoping to retain the player by offering him an extension.
But Van Gaal denied to comment on the situation and said, “We would give that news, but first on MUTV.”