Community Shield: Man United manager Jose Mourinho dedicates victory to Van Gaal – ‘without him we wouldn’t be here celebrating’

7 Aug

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dedicated his side’s Community Shield win to his predecessor Louis van Gaal, among others.


He said: “I want to dedicate this victory to eight persons. Seven of my players who were not selected, because they weren’t but they deserved to be.

“And for the person who allows us to be here today, which is Louis van Gaal, because he won the FA Cup and without him we wouldn’t be here now celebrating.”

Regarding the match itself, Mourinho admitted it was an acceptable – rather than great – performance from his side.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss, who is looking to implement a different style of play to Van Gaal but has only had limited time with his full squad in pre-season, said: “I think it’s an important victory but we have lots of work (to do).

“I would not be ambitious if I said we had a fantastic performance, because it was not a fantastic performance. It was a possible performance for the moment of the season, some of these guys who played today had only one week of training.

“No pre-season in China, a very bad pre-season, so I think step by step we are changing, but I think it’s always important to start with a trophy.”

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