Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Louis van Gaal, newly appointed manager of Manchester United, is an honest person and not arrogant.

Manchester United have appointed Louis van Gaal as the successor of David Moyes and some sections of media have criticized the Dutchman as being “arrogant”. However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has come to the rescue of Van Gaal it seems as he has said that the Dutchman is an honest person and not arrogant.

The Chelsea boss was speaking to English media group BT. He said: “I heard his press conference and I think he was very, very Louis. The Louis I know. Very honest, very pragmatic. When you are honest and direct and you say what you want and think you are not arrogant. You are just honest. He was saying that – they were outside the top four and want to improve on that, they have to try to change that as soon as possible but obviously he wants to be a champion. What he told is correct.”

Questions were also asked over the disastrous performance of Ramires, Oscar and Willian for Brazil in the World Cup. However, Mourinho said that the poor display in the World Cup will not much impact in the longer run at the club. “I was more worried last season. Last season I felt they were too connected with the World Cup and we were in January, February and March and I was feeling them already there.That really worried me, it was a difficult situation.

“Now it was a big disappointment but you have to move on from that in football. I’m waiting for them and I don’t think it will be a problem. I have to try to use it in a positive way – you didn’t succeed so this season is important for you, let’s change the image and the feelings.”

Mancester United land in Los Angeles for start of pre-season tour

The playing staff of Manchester United and coach Louis van Gaal have arrived in Los Angeles for their pre-season tour of the USA.

Strong 25-man squad of Manchester United landed in Los Angeles in the early morning today and Van Gaal took his players for a walk on Santa Monica beach before moving to the Beverly Hills hotel. Striker Robin van Persie is being rested for this tour while midfielder Michael Carrick remained in England as he recovers from an injury that will keep him out for almost 12 weeks.

Manchester United will be playing their first match of the tour on Thursday against Los Angeles Galaxy, before facing AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.