Louis van Gaal has reminded his players of the difficult upcoming away match against Swansea City in the Premier League after Manchester United’s thumping 7-1 aggregate victory over Club Brugge.
Man United’s 4-0 away win over Brugge secured van Gaal’s side a place in the Champions League group stages and provided cause for optimism amongst supporters following an imperious attacking display.
Following an unbeaten start, which has included four clean sheets, those in the United setup be pleased with the way the 2015/16 has begun and take immense confidence into their upcoming games.
The manager has emphasised the importance of maintaining the level of performance that saw his side brush past Brugge against Swansea on Sunday.
“Of course, this was a glorious night for Manchester United and it is not so easy to do what we have done but Swansea City [in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday] is the most important match now,” said van Gaal.
“Last year we lost six points against them and we have to improve that.”
Despite this being only van Gaal’s second season in England, the manager has seemingly already acquired his very own ‘bogey side’ in Swansea.
Gary Monk’s side spoiled the Dutchman’s inaugural match as United manager and condemned them to a harsh 2-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium, completing a first ever double over United for the Welsh side.
With this in mind, van Gaal is right to acknowledge the threat Swansea pose, even in the midst of a thumping away victory in Europe.
Regardless, United’s excellent display against Brugge will enforce high levels of assurance into a team who were notoriously poor on their travels last season.