Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stated that he has a superb relationship with his players, but admitted that two senior players expressed concern that the atmosphere has been flat of late.
Media reports of late have claimed that some of the Red Devils’ players have become disenchanted with the Dutchman’s style of play after an underwhelming start to the new season.
The Old Trafford side were beaten by Swansea last time out and have been unconvincing in their other games against Tottenham, Aston Villa and Newcastle.
With the amount of transfer expenditure over the off-season, the Red Devils’ fans are expecting their side to put forward a Premier League title challenge this season.
Van Gaal has given his verdict on the atmosphere in the dressing room and stated that he has no major concerns over the mentality of his players.
“I think I have a superb relationship with my players,” The Guardian quote Van Gaal as saying.
“Maybe you have to consider how many players are coming to the manager to say something. In my career as a manager, I didn’t have so many who come to say something about the atmosphere in the dressing room or the way we train, or something like that. But it is very positive that they are coming to you and that they trust you.
“I have read things that we haven’t talked about. It is the same story as last year, but the consequence of the philosophy is that we have to release players. The whole dressing room has been changed. Can you imagine when your friend must leave? What are your feelings then?
“Rooney and Carrick came to me and said the dressing room is flat – they told me to help me. I communicate not only with my captains, they try to warn me. I then go to my dressing room and discuss with my players and we discussed a lot of aspects – but not what some have written.”
United face Liverpool at Old Trafford later today, with pressure on the hosts to get back to winning ways.