Louis van Gaal promises Man United squad more ‘boring’ and ‘rigid’ meetings
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal defends his 'boring' meetings and 'rigid' training methods
Louis van Gaal has promised his Manchester United players more boring meetings and rigid training sessions this week.
The United manager was coming under pressure ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Saturday evening after Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney confronted Van Gaal over his methods.
Every player has to be very happy with his profession because he makes from his hobby his living. Then you have to show your professional attitude
Louis van Gaal
However, the Red Devils batted away any talk of a crisis at Old Trafford with a resounding 3-1 victory over bitter rivals Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
And speaking after his side’s comfortable victory, Van Gaal urged his United squad to maintain their professional attitude following their latest triumph.
“As a manager you are never satisfied,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports. “The fans are very satisfied, the fans are very pleased with David de Gea for example, but I have a criticism for him and I am sorry I have to say that.
“And that’s for all the players.I want to improve every individual, but because of that you also improve the team performance, which is what we are doing.
“It means a lot of meetings and a lot of training sessions. I have heard the words ‘boring’ and ‘too rigid’, but it is like that.
“I think that every player has to be very happy with his profession because he makes from his hobby his living. Then you have to show your professional attitude.”
United have collected 10 points from a possible 15 in their opening five Premier League games of the season.
The Red Devils make the trip to PSV Eindhoven in their opening game of the Champions League group stage.
Van Gaal’s men will make the long journey to Southampton in St Mary’s in their next Premier League game.