Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has come under further pressure after it emerged that senior players have complained about his training methods.
The Dutch manager has been criticised by soccer pundits and fans for his side’s rigid playing style and lack of attacking flair.
Earlier this season, Wayne Rooney and vice-captain Michael Carrick confronted Van Gaal about the issue.
It is understood that some squad members feel like ‘robots’ under the manager’s famously methodical approach and as though they are wearing ‘straitjackets’ when they go onto the field of play.
The disharmony also appears to have spread to members of the club’s non-playing staff who are upset after they were told they would no longer be able to eat with players at the club’s Carrington training complex and ordered to eat their lunches in a separate room.
The atmosphere at Carrington training ground is said to be tense, with senior stars thought to be concerned about their side’s lack of attacking threat, and believing the manager’s training methods are partly to blame.
Things were not helped when players were told that they would not get a single day off for three weeks in the lead-up to the Champions League qualifier against Club Brugges.
Earlier this year the club obtained planning permission for floodlights so Van Gaal could put his players through their paces at night time before night matches.
The staff of the team, comparing Sir Alex Ferguson to Louis Van Gaal, have accused the latter of damaging what used to be a big, happy family. (Daily Mail)