Manchester United had an exceptional pre-season under Louis van Gaal, leading to plenty of hope among the fans that the dark days of 2013-14 are behind them. But on the opening day of the season things did not go according to plan, as Swansea City took the wheels off the Manchester United bandwagon at Old Trafford.
There were of course many reasons for the defeat. Not only a poor performance on the pitch but also a growing list of injuries and what Louis van Gaal admits is a tendency for him to start slow with his new teams.
Van Gaal has previously stated that he tends to struggle in the first three months at a new club, without giving much of an explanation as to why.
But now he has tried to explain just why he tends to have early struggles at clubs. Speaking to the official Manchester United website van Gaal stated:
"My experience at my former clubs is that the start is always difficult. This is because I know I give a lot of information. I know I load the brain a lot and the players have to adapt to that. That is not so easy. Maybe you can say we should have a little less information, but that is not possible because we have to change the way of playing football and the way of transferring my message. That is not only in the team meetings but also on the pitch every day, and when I give an exercise it’s always with a tactical purpose so they have to think a lot."
Today an injury ravaged United side travel to Sunderland and will attempt to earn their first points of the Premier League season.
They do however have Robin van Persie back in action and will hope that success is around the corner, even if they are processing bags of van Gaal information still at the Stadium of Light.
Can United turn it around at Sunderland today?