Van Gaal: We can support France symbolically.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that football cannot do much to remember the victims of the Paris attacks, but can support the French people symbolically.

He was speaking ahead of their tie against Watford when the Premier League returns this weekend.

A choral version of La Marseillaise will be played after the coin is tossed in each game this weekend as a sign of solidarity with France.

"As a member of the sport of football, we cannot do much [to remember the victims], but we can support it symbolically and I think this is a nice thing for the French people, for the victims and for their relatives. I think it can give them force and strength to survive," said the Dutch boss.

Van Gaal also revealed that he had a private word with Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Bastian Schweinsteiger on the attacks. The three players were caught up in the attacks as France played Germany at the Stade de France.

"What they told me is private but we have communicated, of course," van Gaal said. "I think, for every human being in this world, it is a big blow. I don't think I have to mention what our discussions were.

"Martial cannot play because he is injured, but Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin can play if we don't take into account this event and what has happened."

Thinkfootballideas Staff

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