Man United star praises Van Gaal’s methods

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has stated that the club’s players are starting to take to Louis van Gaal’s methods and has backed the Dutchman to help the Red Devils improve this season.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man has a stellar track record in the game but his outspoken personality has the potential to ostracise certain players.

There was talk that the Old Trafford squad was feeling flat earlier this season after a less-than convincing start to the new campaign, with Van Gaal’s style of play a contributing factor.

However, with the Red Devils starting to look like a side that could potentially push for honours, Mata has stated that the Dutch trainer’s messages are starting to hit home.

“Every manager has his own way to work and obviously with him it’s different than with any other manager,” Mata is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“He said when he arrived it was going to be difficult, especially at the beginning. But I think it is about time and getting used to his ­technical way of working – the number of meetings, the training and the games.

“But this is our second year with him so it’s normal and logical that we’re understanding each other better – not just with him, but as a team on the pitch.

“We’ve been playing together more time than last season, so it’s normal we’re playing good football and that’s what we want to do this season – improve again.”

The historic club spent big in the summer and are looking to emulate the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

United will be confident of getting another three points later today as they host lowly Sunderland at Old Trafford.