2014 FIFA World Cup: Van Gaal gunning for Brazil in Brasilia

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 11, 2014, 22:32 PM IST

Brasilia: After deep initial scepticism, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal goes into Saturday`s third place play-off determined to down hosts Brazil and end the World Cup on a high note.

His last match before taking over at Manchester United sees van Gaal`s Netherlands, beaten on penalties by Argentina in the semi-final, facing a Brazil side dismantled on Tuesday by Germany in a 7-1 rout.

After Wednesday`s game in Sao Paulo van Gaal lashed out at the necessity of a play-off.

"I think this match should never be played," van Gaal told reporters. "I`ve been saying this for 10 years. But we`ll just have to play this match.

"It`s unfair also because we have one less day to recover, so that`s not fair play. But the worst thing is that chances are you lose twice in a row."

Forty-eight hours later and the 62-year-old was singing from a very different hymn sheet.

"We are going to do everything to finish third," he told the pre-match press conference in Brasilia.

"We want to leave the World Cup unbeaten, something a Dutch side has never achieved."