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Van Gaal unveiling roundup: "The challenge is first, not fourth"

Louis van Gaal was in fine form during his unveiling press conference at Manchester United.

Clive Mason

So, Louis van Gaal has been officially unveiled. A brief summary of his answers...

"Manchester United is the biggest club in the world." Van Gaal repeated this throughout the conference, but he also was surprisingly candid in saying "of course you finished seventh last year so you were not the biggest in the sporting sense", but that the club is "known worldwide."

He then decided to have a go at the Mirror's David McDonnell for asking him to predict what would happen in the season, which was nice.

On transfers, he said that Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw were already on the list and he consented to the deals. He also said "In the first three or four weeks I want to see what the players can do under my philosophy. Then maybe I will buy others."

Most importantly, on targets for this season: "The challenge is to finish first, not fourth."

On the captaincy: "All the players are potential candidates for the captaincy. It's very important for me, so I will need time to decide."

On experience, he also said that he gave Clarence Seedorf his debut at 16 and that he was more experienced than a 30-year-old and that it 'depends on the player's personality.'

On the Class of '92, Van Gaal also confirmed there would be roles for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville, while Nicky Butt is "already assisting."

And there was a slightly surprising bombshell at the end when he revealed that Michael Carrick is out for "a long time" with an injury picked up in training. And that's yer lot. Some interesting stuff, mostly quite stale, but we'll see how it goes.