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Live Coverage: Louis van Gaal's weekly Manchester United press conference

Sports Mole brings you live coverage of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's pre-match press conference.

Louis van Gaal has admitted that he is expecting a tough match against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns on Monday looking for their third win in a row.

The manager also revealed that he will be without just four players for this match.

Read what else the manager discussed below:


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3.47pmGood afternoon! Louis van Gaal will be speaking to reporters in the next 15 minutes ahead of Manchester United's match against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

3.50pmStrictly speaking, Man Utd don't actually play until next week as they're the Monday night fixture. It will be the first time that Van Gaal has experienced Monday night football with his side. He'll also be hoping that he can make it three wins in a row for the first time this season.

3.53pmUnited have been struggling with injuries this season, particularly in defence. They've already had to use 30 different players in their seven matches so far, more than any other top flight side.

3.56pmLast time out, Van Gaal's side beat Everton 2-1 to climb up to fourth in the table. A win this weekend could move them as high as second, depending on other results.

3.59pmAs you can see, some of those who have been missing recently have been back in training following the international break:


4.00pmRight then, Van Gaal is ready to speak, let's see what he has to say...

4.01pmVan Gaal starts on a positive note, confirming that the team have just four players still out with injury, adding: "I'm very happy because there are no injuries from the internationals."

4.04pmVan Gaal insists that it is vital his side win their first match after the break: "West Brom are very difficult to beat, especially at their home, but we have to start with a victory after the international break. I have confidence in my players and that's important, but it's more important they have confidence in the manager and staff."

4.06pmVan Gaal is a little vague when asked who could feature on Monday: "The players who are recovering are not able to play. But we are in a good way. We have to wait and see for the lineup. On Monday you will see."

4.08pmVan Gaal is asked about his side's performances so far this season, and admits: "We need more balance, I said that after the Everton match. I'm looking for balance in the team, not just spectacular attacking football. When you lose the ball, you must have a shape as a team and then you can defend more easily. You can kill the game better."

4.11pmThe manager is optimistic of seeing on improvement from his players: "Of course, like I have already said, we could have done better because I don't think that we are in balance now. I am sorry to say that, but it is the truth. We are moving forward in training sessions though and evaluating those sessions. I hope that we shall improve."

4.14pmTurning his attention to West Brom again, Van Gaal says: "They play not only long balls but they also play a positional game. They are a dangerous opponent and they are not easy to beat, but there is no opponent in the Premier League that is easy to beat."

4.16pmAs usual, it's a fairly quick conference from Van Gaal, who is straight out of the media room and off to continue preparations for this match. You'll be able to follow live updates from this match right here on Monday. Until then, thanks for joining me this afternoon. Goodbye.

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