Louis van Gaal lavished praise on Angel di Maria after his performance against Everton at the weekend but said he still needed to improve.
Manchester United were in magnificent attacking form in the first half yet once again dropped off in the second to let Everton back into the game.
Di Maria’s influence waned as the game went on with the Argentinian still not quite fully match fit and Van Gaal feels he, and United, still need to improve.
“When you give assists and also you score goals, what can you ask more of a player?” Van Gaal said after the Everton game.
“But of course we have to improve in a lot of things and also Di Maria has to improve. When you do that every week – and he does that every week – then we have to be very pleased with him.”
Van Gaal’s comments are indicative of the high standards he sets his players. He won’t settle for anything less. It’s obvious how happy Van Gaal is with Di Maria given his start to the campaign but calling on him to improve makes it clear he feels he has more to give.
Not settling for anything but the best is an approach which is likely to help Van Gaal get the absolute best out of his players and as he said earlier this week: “We’re playing bad and we’re already fourth in the table. What happens when we play good?”