On Friday, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made some unsavory comments regarding Louis Van Gaal and their recent signing of Southampton’s defender Luke Shaw. In the deal, Shaw was signed to Manchester United for €34 million and a €200,000 a week salary.
Mourinho told reporters, “To pay a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead. We would have killed our stability with financial fair play and killed the stability in the dressing room.”
In turn, Manchester United and boss Van Gaal did not take kindly to the remarks causing the manager to want to speak to Mourinho in private about the matter. Van Gaal is a private guy and would rather have his football do the talking. So far, Van Gaal has been quite successful. In the beginning of the preseason friendlies in the United States, Manchester United won 7-0 against the Los Angeles Galaxy and then 3-2 against AS Roma.
United have been experimenting with a new formation to accommodate the new squad and Van Gaal’s soccer philosophy. In the game against the LA Galaxy, Van Gaal tried out a 3-5-2 formation which featured Shaw as a wing back. Shaw as a wing back is advantageous to United due to his ability to recover quickly and have an offensive presence at the same time.
Van Gaal and Manchester United are looking to improve on a poor showing last season in the English Premier League. They will look to top the table, which is a possibility this season with the incoming transfers and healthy Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Manchester United and Chelsea will clash on Oct. 26 and the rivalry between the two teams will continue.