Manchester United: players and Louis van Gaal in row over ‘rigid’ training methods
Louis Van Gaal and his Manchester United players have been involved in a “row” over his “rigid” training methods, says the Times. The story goes that a few United players approached the manager and bemoaned his lack of interest in creativity. They want to play with more flair and expression. They find his methods stifling. Instead of playing an instinctive pass they look to the bench for an instruction to obey.
That this “confrontation” occurred “several weeks ago” makes us wonder if it influenced Van Gaal shipping out Robin Van Persie or the panicky purchase of attacking Anthony Martial. Last night, Van Gaal called the projected £58.8 million fee paid by Manchester United for Martial “ridiculous”.
The paper adds:
The concern of the players is less to do with manpower, or squad strength, after a massive gross outlay under Van Gaal that is now close to £300 million, than the inflexibility of his methods. He has always been a very exact, demanding coach — and, at times, a fierce one — but players reared under Sir Alex Ferguson are still finding it hard to adjust, even into his second season.
Van Gaal has not backed down, insisting that “the success of his training methods was the reason why United have not suffered any injuries this season compared to the glut they encountered when he joined 14 months ago.”