Van Gaal proud at third place

Louis van Gaal has lamented the Netherlands not being in the World Cup final but says he is proud his team finished third in the tournament.

Van Gaal oversaw a win over Brazil last night in a match he said last week shouldn’t be played. He told reporters after the final whistle that his feelings on the third place play-off hadn’t changed despite the victory.

“The dream was to be champion, but I’m proud of my players,” AS reports the Manchester United-bound Coach as saying.

“The game came too soon. We had only three days to recover from the stress and disillusion of the semi-final.

“We wanted to be champions and we were sad at losing, but we managed to achieve third place.

“It was fantastic to win this game and we scored 15 goals in seven games. I’m proud of my players and staff.

“I’m glad this is my last game. I’m proud of all my players.

“I still think this kind of game should never be played and if you do play it, it can’t take place three days after losing the semi-final.”

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