OLD TRAFFORD, Sporting Alert – Louis van Gaal has admitted that he will walk away from his post at Manchester United if he thinks his players are unhappy with him.
The Dutchman was speaking at his press conference on Friday ahead of the English Premier League clash with the visiting West Ham United at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal has been criticized by several former Manchester United players for the way the Red Devils have been playing this season, with club icon Paul Scholes calling out the veteran coach recently.
There have been several reports in the British papers claiming the players are becoming frustrated with the manager’s training style and match preparations, but Van Gaal quickly dismissed those reports.
The former Barcelona and Ajax boss insisted the “chemistry” between himself and his squad is good.
“The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board,” he said on Friday.
“It should be good, otherwise I would be gone.
“When I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best.
“But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs.
“I don’t think there is a coach that quits by himself because of the money, but I am like that.”
Manchester United are sitting third in the EPL standings with 28 points, one behind leaders and fierce rivals Manchester City, with second place Leicester City also on 29 points.
The Red Devils will be without captain and leading striker Wayne Rooney for the EPL clash with West Ham and the Champions League game against Wolfsburg on the road next week.
Manchester United will need to win both games, especially the Champions League matchup on the road in Germany if they want to progress past the group stages.