Louis van Gaal reveals names of players who questioned him

Van Gaal reveals the senior players who were reported to be unhappy with his methods this week
Van Gaal reveals the senior players who were reported to be unhappy with his methods this week

At his press conference today ahead of the massive meeting with Liverpool tomorrow, Louis van Gaal revealed the names of the players who were reported to have been unhappy with his methods.

The Manchester United manager admits that Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick approached him earlier this season because they were worried the atmosphere in the dressing room was "flat".

Reports this week suggested some United players were unhappy with Van Gaal's methods.

The United manager denied his relationship with his players was poor, but he did concede United's captain and vice-captain aired their worries with him.

Van Gaal said: "Rooney and Carrick, the captains, came to me and said, “the dressing room is flat". we want to say that to you to help you."

The United boss went on to insist he did not have any problem with players talking to him about any issues and insisted he was happy to listen to their views.

"I think that I have a superb relationship with my players," he continued. "Maybe you have to consider how many players are coming to the manager to say something.

"In my career as a manager I didn’t have so many players who are coming to say something about the atmosphere in the dressing-room, about the way we train or something like that. It’s very possible that players are coming to you, then you know they trust you.

"It was the same last year. The consequence of our philosophy is that we have to refresh the group. Last year we sold and released 11 players. This year 14 players. We bought five or six last year and now six. The whole dressing-room has been changed, can you imagine when your friend must leave? What are your feelings then?

"I can only say that I have a very good relationship with my players. It’s also a little bit logical now because there are only nine players left of the group, the other players I have bought and they won’t say that I’m a lousy manager.

"The fans are shouting every week Louis van Gaal's army, Louis van Gaal's army. So the fans and players are very satisfied with me."

Van Gaal also moved to clarify why his club had paid around £36 to sign French teenage forward Anthony Martial, who could make a debut against Liverpool on Saturday.

"The crazy world of football is there is a market and market price and we cannot have any influence on that price," he added.

"I have said to Ed (Woodward) he is the best of his age and we need a striker in the future. We can wait a year and he is £10m more expensive and now we can build him up and he can enter in a game.

"I can imagine that the fans think, “£50m so he has to score!” You have seen how Di Maria and Falcao have struggled, the pressure is much higher at Manchester United than another club.

"I don’t think we have to give him too much pressure. He has to adapt to our culture and philosophy. Maybe he can show signals of his quality in this season."