Louis van Gaal watched his Manchester United side win the International Champions Cup courtesy of a 3-1 victory against Liverpool on Monday night but then claimed afterwards it was “not so good”.
The incoming Red Devils’ chief seems to have made an immediate impact on the squad he inherited this summer as United ended the tour of the United States unbeaten in five matches.
However, after second half goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard cancelled out Steven Gerrard’s penalty for Liverpool, Van Gaal admitted to not being impressed by the overall display in Miami when compared to Saturday’s 3-1 win against Real Madrid.
He said: “Today was not so good. Against Madrid it was fantastic when we dominated the game against the Champions League winners – then I was very pleased.
“Today we have struggled, it was too much playing two in two days and all the travelling. But we have pleased our fans.”
United will now head back to England to put the final touches to their pre-season preparations before the Premier League curtain-raiser against Swansea at Old Trafford on August 16.
And the Dutch tactician revealed he will also spend the next week informing those players he is willing to let go this summer.
When quizzed about their identity, Van Gaal added: “I won’t tell them through the media. I’ll speak to the players and will say it honestly. I won’t come with the axe – it’s not like that.”
United are 1.34 to open their season with a win against Swansea, while Garry Monk’s Swans are 7.47 and the draw is 4.55.