Louis van Gaal not so TOUGH

By on October 27, 2014

If you feel Louis van Gaal might be a mean person to work with then you might just be judging a book by its cover. Although, the Dutch boss comes across as strong faced and tough, he is said to have built up a close relationship with his players. Manchester United’s embattled midfielder, Juan Mata revealed that van Gaal had mastered the art of balancing the professional and friendly aspects of training and relating with the squad members.

The former Chelsea man also stated that at the time when Chelsea agreed to his transfer to Manchester United, there was already a communication gap between him and José Mourinho but pointed out that with his current boss, there is an excellent relationship. The Spaniard moved over to Old Trafford for a whopping £37.1m fee in January. Juan Mata was quoted by the sun to have said:

‘He (Louis van Gaal) is hard when he should be but then he is someone who is very close to the players, he likes to talk a lot with us and asks our opinion of the exercises we do in training and if there are things he hasn’t seen. He tries to get players to bringing solutions to benefit the group. He is an honest man.’

Coming from a player who is said to be out of favour at Old Trafford, it means Louis van Gaal is actually conscious of what communication gaps can cause to a team and the fact that the players feel involved in not only the training sessions but also in a tee-a-tee, brings a kind confidence into the team.

With the absence of captain Wayne Rooney who will be missing the last match of his ban since he picked up a red card against West Ham, Juan Mata might get the nod to play behind Robin van Persie today against Chelsea especially has Radamel Falcao is still uncertain after the Colombian picked up a knock during training on Friday.

Mata who has been tipped as one of the more probable exit bound players around Old Trafford will need to up his game and strive to get himself back in to the good books of the manager and fans alike. What better opportunity can the Spaniard ask for than a chance to excel against the team that saw him off the cliff for lack of defensive capabilities. If Juan impresses today, he will provide a tougher competition to Radamel Falcao and more especially Wayne Rooney who has been out for a while now.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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