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Louis van Gaal: Manchester United still have room for improvement

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested the best is yet to come from his side, even after an unbeaten run that now extends to 11 games in all competitions.

The Dutch coach admitted that the first six months of his Old Trafford tenure has been more difficult than initially expected, but he says the players are now showing signs of adapting to the way that he wants them to play, which he believes will make the Red Devils very successful again in the future.

United haven't lost since the 1-0 derby defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 2, and have managed to lift themselves to third place in the Premier League table and still have an outside chance of challenging for the domestic title.

At the weekend they booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup following a 2-0 victory over League One outfit Yeovil Town at Huish Park, and will face Cambridge United - the lowest placed side left in the competition - at the end of the month, as they look to advance to the last 16.

Reflecting on the first half of 2014/15, Van Gaal was tactful in his assessment, insisting that whilst the high levels of expectation from supporters haven't been met there is still plenty of room for improvement between now and May.

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"We are still building up a process," he was quoted by the Manchester Evening News telling MUTV. "I think, as a trainer/coach and manager, that I have to analyse the performances of my players.

"That is the most important thing and that shows how far we are in the process. That is still not good enough, in my opinion, but I hope we shall improve.

"When we are having these results with not the best performances what is it going to be like when we have the best performances? Then we have hope.

"I hope will we perform better and the games will be more attractive" - Louis van Gaal

"We are third so I can be more happy than I was after 11 matches. I hope will we perform better and the games will be more attractive."

Asked specifically about the warm reception he's received from Red Devils fans, the 63-year-old spoke glowingly about the unwavering support and backing given to him and his players from the very first kick-off, even when results and performances were falling short.

"The first feeling I had, especially after 11 matches, when we had 13 points, and I came into the stadium walking and I thought now the fans shall not be pleased," he explained. "But they were rising up and clapping their hands when I entered the stadium. They were applauding in spite of so few points.

Building momentum

"I felt not so happy for myself because I was responsible and guilty for the results so I am very happy that after that we won a number of matches in a row. Now I have seen the greatness of the club as I saw in the USA in pre-season. It is unbelievable to attract such an amount of fans.

"I have also had the feeling of how the fans have been so sporting. Now I also have had the time to get to know all my players and they are very good.

"It's an exciting time and it's why I became a manager – because I want to work with young people; it keeps you young, and you can make a team out of it.

"I always have a lot of criticism in the evaluation of my players but the atmosphere in the group is fantastic and a lot of confidence has built up now."

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