Virgil Van Dijk Couldn’t Help But Laugh When Louis Van Gaal Explained Why He Couldn’t Attend Their Press Conference In Person

The 70-year-old fell off his bike while cycling back to the team hotel following training on Sunday.

The former Manchester United boss, who has already undergone a hip replacement, is understood to have hurt his hip again and was taken to hospital.

The injury was not too serious as he was seen on the training pitch on Monday morning, but he has had to use a wheelchair to get around since the incident.

And he was even spotted directing training from a golf buggy – the boss sending out instructions from the seat of the cart, which was driven by coach Henk Fraser, while assistant Danny Blind took the warm-up.

A Netherlands spokesperson said: “Louis cannot walk and is in a wheelchair. He wants to do everything he can to make it to Tuesday’s game.”

Van Gaal then had his press conference later on Monday, but he appeared on a screen rather than sitting next to Liverpool defender Van Dijk.

Van Dijk couldn’t help but laugh when his manager explained that he had to answer questions from journalists over a Livestream because his wheelchair wouldn’t fit through the door.

“Physically, I don’t feel well, but at least my brain still works,” Van Gaal was reported as saying.

When a journalist asked, “Do you have much pain?”, Van Gaal replied: “Yes. That’s why I’m sitting in a wheelchair.”

Louis van Gaal’s wheelchair couldn’t fit through the door so he attends the press conference through a Livestream.


Liverpool star Van Dijk then lost it when his boss offered a witty reply to baffled journalists, as he began to explain the intricacies of his hip injury – which he clearly knows a lot about following his earlier hip replacement.

“I hope you can all follow,” Van Gaal said after going into detail about his injury.

A reporter then replied, “Actually not, but it seems you also have knowledge about bones…”, to which Van Gaal retorted: “Yes, I had to learn them all by heart.”

The veteran coach was then filmed being overcome with emotion, after revealing that his players and coaching staff had asked for him to stay and encouraged him to continue working despite his lack of mobility, in a crucial week for the national team.

“The players and staff wanted me to stay [after his accident], so I stayed,” he said, teary eyed.

When the interviewer said, “I can see you are getting emotional now…”, Van Gaal added: “Yes, I am an emotional man. When the players and staff tell you they want you to stay.”

Netherlands take on Norway on Tuesday in their World Cup qualifier with their opponents, and Turkey, just two points behind them at the top of the group.