Louis van Gaal happy with small Manchester United squad but says he’s ‘one short’

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied claims his squad is too small.

Van Gaal’s squad has been tested this term, as injuries to players such as Luke Shaw have sometimes highlighted a lack of depth.

Last season, Man United had to contend with an injury crisis as the likes of Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling suffered extended spells on the sidelines.

However, van Gaal insisted he believes in having a smaller squad as it improves “motivation”.

“I have always preferred small squads. I think I have the smallest squad in the Premier League. You always have to train but with structure and not too hard,” van Gaal said.

The experienced Dutchman hinted that he may add one more player but that he is happy with the overall make-up of his team.

“No it is not, otherwise I would have had a bigger squad. I believe in smaller squads because you need perspective, otherwise the motivation is a doubt.

“Last season we had 24 players. I think 22 players and three goalkeepers is enough so I am still one short.”

As long as van Gaal can keep everyone fit, United do have a formidable squad. However, there is a question mark over the long-term of fitness of his players after last season. An injury to Wayne Rooney or Anthony Martial, for instance, would leave United short of options up top.

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