The Manchester United boss has earned a reputation for arrogance over the years for the way he conducts himself in front of the media.
However, the Dutchman says that he is simply expressing the confidence he has in himself and his players and insists he values the opinions of others.
I have the feeling that the fans love me. But you never know
Louis van Gaal
Speaking in a revealing interview with The Telegraph, Van Gaal said: “It’s not a Dutch thing. It’s because of my stature, my expressions, because I have big confidence in myself and in my players, that’s my charisma.
“In the Netherlands that is negative but charisma is positive. Arrogant is negative; it’s implicit that you don’t respect the opinion of another. I’m not like that.
“I have the feeling that the fans love me. But you never know. It always depends at the end on results.”
Van Gaal’s United side travel to Anfield to take on rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils are currently fourth in the Premier League table with nine games left to play, but are only two points behind second-placed Manchester City and one behind third-placed Arsenal.
Former Barcelona boss Van Gaal has led United to 16 Premier League wins, eight draws and five losses in his 29 top-flight games in charge.
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