Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford has “surprised” the senior squad, according to a report.
The Dutch boss apparently lambasted the 18-year-old for his first-half display at Tottenham on Sunday and was critical of the youngster saying he was “spending too much time hunting the ball in wide areas”, according to an exclusive in The Sun.
Van Gaal also told Rashford he had failed to make any impression on Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen – the top flight’s best defence – by making runs in behind the two central defenders. And at half-time the youngster, who has scored five times in just nine starts in his breakthrough season, was hauled off and replaced by Ashley Young.
The Sun claims the substitution and tactical changes at the break were a clear indication that Van Gaal was pinning the blame on the players. And that, along with the treatment of the emerging Rashford has incurred the wrath of the dressing room.
The tabloid reports that the United players “turned on him” after Sunday’s 3-0 collapse at Tottenham and that “respect for Van Gaal has gone”.
Van Gaal’s idea of putting Ashley Young up front for the second 45 minutes at White Hart Lane, instead of moving Anthony Martial into a central role certainly compounded matters
That bizarre tactical move is said to have “stunned” United’s players and some of the senior stars are believed to be seriously questioning how the club can consider Van Gaal seeing out the remaining year of his Old Trafford contract.