Jul 22, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal talks to the media during a press conference a day before the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Van Gaal admits “players were nervous” after defeat

Louis Van Gaal admitted his side were nervous after they lost to Swansea in their Premier League opener at Old Trafford this afternoon.

The Manchester United manager, 63, watched his side lose 2-1 against the Welsh outfit and

“It is not good because we have built up a lot of confidence and then it shall be smashed down because of this result. But we have to know that it is only one game of many games,” Van Gaal said.

“Of course, it is very disappointing for the players, the fans, for me, and the staff. That, you already know.

“When you have preparation time and you win everything and then you lose your first match, it cannot be worse, I believe.”

United failed to create any clear chances and lacked the firepower which saw them defeat Real Madrid and Liverpool in pre-season.

Juan Mata was very quiet, while Wayne Rooney scored on his debut as captain. Ander Herrera was one of the bright sparks but was replaced surprisingly by Marouane Fellaini, who struggled to make an impact.

Van Gaal admitted that nerves got the better of his side and they need to respond next week.

“I saw a lot of players very nervous, making the wrong choices. These players have to cope. It’s Manchester United.

“You shall not be the champion at this moment. You shall be the champion in May. That is what has happened today,” said the 63 year-old.

The Red Devils are expected to make more signings this summer and many believe today’s result justified that.

Defenders are needed with more than four injured and a midfielder is expected to arrive with Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia out.

“I know in what positions we need better players. But you have to buy only when the player can fulfill the way of playing that I ask. We have to wait and see. But we could have won today,” he added.

Reports are circling that Roma defender is on his way to Manchester for £30 million and the 27 year-old could be the perfect choice in Van Gaal’s reign in charge.

Signing for Roma from Udinese, the Morrocan has become a key figure in their side and helped them keep a record amount of clean sheets in Serie A last season.

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