Louis van Gaal has spoken of his pride at being Manchester United manager, having previously been at the biggest club in Spain, Germany and Holland.

It is an honour and a challenge to be coach of United because I was trainer-coach of No 1 (team) in the Netherlands, No 1 in Spain and No 1 in Germany. I had a choice to be manager of different clubs. I have chosen the No 1. I am very proud. I don’t think there are many other coaches who can say that.

Van Gaal really appreciates the support from the fans and reflected on the reaction of the supporters to the disappointing defeat against Arsenal.

I go from the pitch after Arsenal and, of course, there are some yelling at me, but most applaud – in spite of the defeat. It is also for the manager of Manchester United. I hope also for me – but you never know! I like it very much because I never had that experience. At Barcelona, the handkerchiefs were there. In Amsterdam, they are whistling. Also in Munich, they are whistling when you have a defeat. But here, applause.