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Video - Louis van Gaal orders his Man Utd players to be "horny"

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal for crucial re-match with FC Midtjylland
Van Gaal for crucial re-match with FC Midtjylland

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal used a slightly bizarre turn of phrase to encourage his players to raise their game - after he urged them to be "more horny" for the rest of this season.

Van Gaal is preparing his side for Thursday night's Europa League second leg against FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford, with United aiming to turn around a 2-1 first leg deficit against their Danish rivals.

The United manager was asked whether his side needed to up their levels of desire to turn around their last-32 tie, when he offered up this response:

It may be that Van Gaal's words were a little lost in translation, but they made for another entry into his list of unconventional press conference performances.

Van Gaal also confirmed that his keeper David de Gea would miss the Midtjylland tie with the knee injury he picked up in the warm-p for the first game in Denmark last week as he praised the qualities of his next opponents.

“I think Midtjylland has a very good organisation, very detailed and the players want to perform that organisation,” he added.

“They play with diagonal pressing. I do that also with my team. Not many teams are doing that. And when I see the data of Midtjylland they have always won against English opponents.

“We have to keep the ball better and we have to move the ball quicker. That’s always what we have to do and especially when the opponent is so well organised.”

Van Gaal also offered up a response to Memphis Depay's comments on Monday night that he was struggling to adapt to the pace of English football.

“He has to adapt, I agree, but that’s not only at pace but in different situations

"He has to adapt also to the culture of England and the Premier League as a person.”