Ex-Man United defender: Louis van Gaal too stubborn with Red Devils squad

Paul Parker says Louis van Gaal puts fear of God into his Manchester United players

Louis van Gaal needs to improve his man management skills if the Dutchman wants to get the best out of his Manchester United players, says Paul Parker.

The Red Devils are in third place and a point behind joint Premier League leaders Leicester City and Manchester City ahead of the visit of West Ham United next Saturday.

The 20-time English champions have scored just six goals in their last six games in all competitions, prompting criticism of Van Gaal’s tactics and his senior players.

However, former United defender Parker, who made 105 top-flight appearances for the Red Devils between 1991 and 1996, believes Van Gaal is to blame for his squad’s rigid performances in recent weeks.

“Van Gaal puts the fear of God into players,” Parker told Yahoo Sport.

“It has to be his way. He selfishly manages the team. And no one enjoys it. He may be a successful manager, but he must learn – even at his age – to become a good man-manager.

“At the moment we have to say he’s not man-managing that team. All those players he’s got are not bad players, and they’ve not played negative football all their lives.

“He’s being incredibly stubborn. Any player who doesn’t conform to what he wants is chopped. He looks for a player who’s made a mistake, then drops them for the next game.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s opener in a 1-1 draw with King Power Stadium.

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The Red Devils have earned 28 points from a possible 42 after 14 Premier League games this season.

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