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The 64-year-old has reiterated his desire to

leave Manchester United when his contract

expires in 2017 and says he is a man of his


Louis van Gaal says he is a different type of

manager to Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene

Wenger as he prepares to take on the Arsenal

boss at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Dutch coach arrived at Old Trafford in 2014

but has already insisted he plans to retire from

his post when his contract expires in 2017.

Wenger, meanwhile, has been at the helm of the

Gunners for 19 years but Van Gaal has

reiterated his intention to retire and says he is

man of his word.

“I set aims and I was very lucky that clubs or

national teams want me," he told reporters.

“Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are

other types I think.

“I always want more. I have set my aims

always in advance. It’s the same thing as what

I’m doing now.

“I shall retire. I always do what I have said. I

have always set my own aims and I think that I

have set my last aim also.”

Van Gaal’s side head to Arsenal top of the table

and three points ahead of the Gunners and the

Dutch coach took time to praise one of his key

players so far this season, Chris Smalling.

“I think the player, when he does things, he

does it all by himself,” he told reporters.

“I help him with advice and also with demands,

also with training sessions, also with showing

images to improve him, but he has to be open

and he has to perform on the pitch. He does

everything for himself. The greatest compliment

you have to make is to Chris and not to me.”

“Obviously he got the chances because of that

but it is always like that. As a player you need

vacancies in positions and when it is your

position you have more luck. That’s always true

in football clubs.”



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