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Louis van Gaal: What I told the new signings before the Spurs game


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was full of praise for defender Matteo Darmian after the 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

The Italian was full of running and effort and was named Manchester United’s Man of the Match by fans on Twitter.

The Dutchman was also pleased with the game of goalkeeper Sergio Romero who is expected to keep his place at least until the start of September.

"It is always difficult [for the new players] because it is the first time they have played at Old Trafford and the fans are very supportive," van Gaal said after the game.

"I told Memphis [Depay] that he doesn't have to play with too much eagerness and passion and that applies to the whole team.

"I liked the performance of Matteo Darmian. He played a good match in the Spurs half and when they had the ball, plus he didn't lose the ball much and was very good in his ball position with the opponent. When I have to think of one player, it's him, as he was the best performer.

"Sergio Romero kept a clean sheet and made some wonderful saves but [was not so good] in building up situations. That is understandable because he didn't play with the boys [before] and he has only been with us for a week so it is a process that we have to wait for.

"We decided, as staff, on Wednesday and with David on Thursday that he could not play. So Sergio has only trained two days with his players - you always train with the group who will play to intensify the preparation."

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