Some of Manchester United’s younger players reportedly view Louis van Gaal’s management style as outdated and see the Dutchman as ‘a grandpa’.
The Daily Mail claim in an exclusive that a number of players want assistant manager Ryan Giggs to replace Van Gaal in the Old Trafford hotseat should the Dutchman leave this summer.
United beat Everton 1-0 at home on Sunday but there are a growing number of players who have become disillusioned with their manager’s methods.
“A lot of them think he is a grandpa and has an out-of-date management style,” a source is reported to have told the Mail.
“A number of players have become frustrated because of the lack of chances under Van Gaal.”
The 64-year-old has handed debuts to a raft of youngsters but there remains scepticism about his treatment of these players, amid claims he has only given them chances due to the club’s chronic injury list and lack of strikers.
One of the main criticisms levelled at Van Gaal is the little time he spends talking to and nurturing the younger stars.
Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah both played important roles in the victory over Roberto Martinez’s Everton, with the latter scoring highly in our player ratings from the game.
Both have benefited from first team football this term but neither spend a major amount of one-on-one time with their boss compared to more senior players such as Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“He (Van Gaal) doesn’t speak to the young players and Giggs and [Under 21 manager Warren] Joyce are the only ones who want to encourage the young lads,” the source said.
“A lot of them would be very happy if Giggs took over because the players can relate to him. They can’t relate to Van Gaal – he’s too old.”