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SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal shows little emotion during a match
Van Gaal shows little emotion during a match

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted he will not change his demeanour on the touchline after criticism that he lacks passion for the cause.

Van Gaal tendency to quietly take notes during matches has led to criticism from some of the club’s fans, with his behaviour in stark contrast to the former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and many of his current Premier League rivals.

Speaking to the same reporter who he chastised for being a “fat man” following his side’s 3-3 draw at Newcastle on Tuesday night, Van Gaal offered up a polite repost to his question.

“I am not Sir Alex and everybody is different,” the United manager told Sun reporter Neil Custis. “I don’t believe in yelling on the sidelines.

“A lot of supporters are yelling and it is not so easy to make yourself understood. A lot of managers are doing that, but I doubt if they have real influence.”

Meanwhile, Van Gaal has confirmed that his midfield duo of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick will miss Sunday’s game at Liverpool due to injury.

It means Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are set to continue in a central midfield role, with Adnan Januzaj in with a chance of making the United bench for the crunch game at Anfield.