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Van Gaal will quit if he loses support of Man Utd players

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Much to ponder - Louis van Gaal
Much to ponder - Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he will quit as Manchester United manager if he loses the support of the players in his dressing room.

Reports this week have suggested that United's players are frustrated by the rigid structure Van Gaal insists upon off the pitch, which reportedly includes long meetings prior to matches.

The style of play Van Gaal is promoting is also a note of concern for many, with senior players Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick holding a meeting with their manager earlier this year over low morale in the dressing room.

Now Van Gaal has admitted that his position at the club will be in doubt if he felt the players no longer supported his methods.

"The most important thing in my opinion is the chemistry between players and staff," said the Dutchman.

"That chemistry is the most important thing and when I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best.

"But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I'm the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs and former jobs.

"I don't think there is another coach who decides to quit himself because of the money aspect. But I am like that.

"It's fantastic that people are saying when I'm gone, 'Oh, he was very good, he gave structure and was the basis for other things'.

"The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board. It should be good and otherwise I would be gone."

Reports that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola would be interested in succeeding Van Gaal at the end of this season sparked many United fans to suggest a change may be the best option for United.

Yet Van Gaal's remain firmly in the Premier League title race and have a chance to make it through to the last-16 of the Champions League in their final group game against Wolfsburg next week.