Louis van Gaal: 'Managing Manchester United could be my toughest job'

Louis van Gaal admits that managing Manchester United could be his "toughest job" yet.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that being at the helm of Old Trafford could be his "toughest job" yet.

The Dutchman, who has managed Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in his career, has recorded just one victory in the Premier League out of five matches so far this season.

Ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham United, Van Gaal has confirmed that he will need to call on youth players to compete in defence due to his nine-man injury list.

"At this moment this is maybe my toughest job but we have to see in a year," Van Gaal told reporters. "We cannot say it about one week with the injuries. As a manager you know already in advance that it's a big challenge.

"This club is in a transition. What you don't know in advance is what the hard moments will be. At the start we won all of our games but now we are in difficult circumstances.

"We should have won last weekend [against Leicester City]. We had to win when we were 3-1 up. If we had we would have been two points off second place, but because of the loss you are now questioning me. If we won then it would have been different. We will overcome things - the season lasts a long time."

United are currently 12th in the league table.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on September 14, 2014
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