Man Utd player suggests Van Gaal has a "difficult" personality

Van Gaal is tough to work for according to one of his players
Van Gaal is tough to work for according to one of his players

Upsetting Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal tends to be a quick route to the Old Trafford exit door, so defender Guillermo Varela took something of a risk with his latest media comments.

Despite a succession of defensive injuries at United this season, 22-year-old Guillermo Varela has made just one Premier League start under Van Gaal all season.

Yet while he did his best to dilute the long-standing suggestion that Van Gaal is not a fan of working with South American players, the Uruguayan Varela put his foot in it with his follow up comment.

"The rumours say there is always some kind of problem with the South Americans," Varela told Ovacion. "If I tell you the truth, I have had none. When we've had to talk it has been clear and stayed at that."

So far so good for Varela (above), who then decided to compare Van Gaal's personality with that of retired Man Utd boss Alex Ferguson as he added:

"He has a difficult personality," he said of Van Gaal. "Sometimes it is not so easy for the players.

"It has been difficult as there are players that came used to the way Ferguson worked."

Van Gaal in unlikely to take kindly to the suggestion that he is tough to work with, but this incident is hardly likely to affect Varela's future at United.

If the evidence of this season is any gauge, he will not be at United next season if Van Gaal defies his critics and remains in charge.