Manchester United stars mistrust Louis van Gaal’s methods as inquest after Tottenham defeat cranks up pressure on hapless boss
- Manchester United lost 3-0 at Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday
- Marcus Rashford was consoled by United team-mates after being subbed
- Louis van Gaal spoke to Rashford personally after publicly criticising him
- Players were irked Saturday’s travel from Stanstead airport took two hours
Louis van Gaal’s lame duck tenure at Manchester United continues with senior players questioning his methods.
The United squad like their boss on a personal level but are not buying into the Dutchman’s management, worried about the treatment of young striker Marcus Rashford this weekend.
Rashford was hauled off at half-time and subsequently criticised by Van Gaal after the galling 3-0 defeat at Tottenham.
Manchester United players during their 3-0 defeat by Tottenham on Sunday afternoon
Pressure has grown on under-fire Louis van Gaal – with many of the senior players mistrusting his methods
Many are worried about the treatment of Marcus Rashford (left) – who was substituted at half-time on Sunday
Some United stars consoled the teenager on the team bus on leaving White Hart Lane, while Van Gaal took time to speak to him and Timothy Fosu-Mensah personally at Carrington on Monday.
There is a mistrust within the camp at Old Trafford as the club desperately struggle to overhaul Manchester City in a race for fourth place in the Premier League.
They have never been on board with his training regime, with Van Gaal holding meetings before Christmas as to how to fix the situation.
Some of the younger contingent are even labelling him a ‘grandpa’ because of his outdated tactics, as revealed by sports mail last week.
Players were unhappy that travel from Stansted Airport to their base took two hours on Saturday before another long journey to their match on Sunday owing to a traffic accident.
Some of United’s younger players see Louis van Gaal as a ‘grandpa’ whose methods are outdated
Van Gaal is keen on flying to away fixtures, although they are due to take the train for the FA Cup clash at West Ham.
The manager was highly critical of the defensive miscommunication following the Spurs debacle but there were curious looks as to why he deployed Ashley Young as a central striker in the second half, with Anthony Martial stuck on the wing.
Van Gaal is said to have been in the dressing room for no more than 15 minutes before performing his media duties and United departed the stadium quickly.
His position would become even more untenable should they lose at Upton Park on Wednesday given the prospect of silverware would therefore vanish.
The chances of Champions League qualification remain slim, with Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings to take over this summer.
Ashley Young (left) and Anthony Martial (right) were both played out of position at White Hart Lane on Sunday
Source: Daily Mail