The Dutchman has led the Red Devils to successive pre-season victories during the club’s tour of USA ahead of their clash against Inter Milan.
When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think
Louis van Gaal
62-year-old Van Gaal penned a three-year deal at Old Trafford in May after United finished in seventh place in the Premier League table.
The former Barcelona manager follows David Moyes, who was temporarily replaced by Van Gaal’s current number two Ryan Giggs.
Asked if following Sir Alex Ferguson would have been harder, Van Gaal replied: “No.
“I don’t agree. I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn’t a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year).
“When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think.
“When you look at the squad, there is quality. There is (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van Persie, (Javier) Hernandez, (Danny) Welbeck, but you also see Juan Mata, (Marouane) Fellaini, and you see (Ander) Herrera. There are a lot of players that can play in the same position.
“It is not in balance. It’s more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation.”
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