Pat Nevin: Why ‘terrible’ Louis van Gaal can’t get Man United fans onside

Pat Nevin runs the rule over Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal’s poor communication skills means the Manchester United manager is struggling to keep Red Devils supporters onside, according to Pat Nevin.

United have failed to win any of their last five games in all competitions after a surprise 2-1 loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Van Gaal has been facing relentless criticism from former United players and supporters in recent months after a string of lacklustre attacking performances from his Red Devils players.

Alarmingly, the 20-time English champions have only scored 10 times in their 12 games in all competitions as Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney continue to struggle up front for Van Gaal.

And former Chelsea midfielder Nevin reckons Van Gaal’s poor communication skills in English is hampering his waning popularity with the club’s increasingly disillusioned supporters.

“His communication is terrible,” Nevin told Off The Ball’s Newstalk.

“I know it isn’t his first language, but his mode of communication comes across as arrogant.

“That won’t get fans, journalists or players on side.

“You have to have a big personality. Mourinho can do it for a time but it wears thin after a while. Van Gaal doesn’t have that type of personality.”

The 13-time Premier League winners are in fourth place in the table and five points adrift of leaders Leicester City.

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Van Gaal’s men host Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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