Louis van Gaal bemoans One Direction influece

The Manchester United manager blames the famous English boy band as the reason behind his team’s average showing in their first friendly game of the preseason

Although the Red Devils managed to beat Mexican giants Club America 1-0 thanks to a debut goal from Morgan Schneiderlin early on in the game, the Dutch tactician was less than pleased with the manner of the victory and even went on to blame the One Direction concert before the game as one of the reason behind his team’s timid display.

LVG also bemoaned the quality of the pitch stating that it inhibited his players from playing their usual brand of football.

“The pitch was not good,” said Van Gaal. “It was difficult.

“The first surface was artificial and it had grass over it. It was always moving. It’s not easy. You can get injuries. It’s a big concern. It was like that last season against Real Madrid in Michigan. It’s like this in the USA. These pitches are used for different things

“Old Trafford is used for football only, not One Direction concerts. Here its used for entertainment things. The facilities generally are fantastic. They could not be better.

“We have been received very well by Seattle Seahawks and the football club. Everyone is fantastic. But we have to play football on such a pitch. We could not do that and that’s important.”