Wife: 'Louis van Gaal doesn't care about criticism'

Manchester United's newly-appointed Dutch manager Louis van Gaal addresses a press conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on July 17, 2014
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Louis van Gaal's wife Truus insists that the Manchester United manager brushes off criticism and is only bothered when his other half is upset.

The wife of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted that the Dutchman can easily brush off criticism where football is concerned.

Truus van Gaal has insisted that the 62-year-old, who held his first press conference as United boss on Thursday, only worries about upsetting his other half.

"Whether his team plays good or bad, whether the public and media slaughter him or not, he is not affected by anything," the Daily Mail quotes Truus as saying.

"He always says to me: 'What are you worrying about? Let them have their moment of fun. Only you and I know how things really are. They don't.' The only thing that bothers him is when he sees me getting hurt or upset."

Van Gaal will begin his reign as United manager at home to Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season on August 16.

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