The Manchester United dressing room is reported to be ‘in meltdown’ after Louis van Gaal blamed two players for their defeat to Tottenham.
Man United slipped to a 3-0 defeat to Spurs on Sunday, leaving them four points adrift in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
The visitors held out against the title challengers at White Hart Lane for over an hour, but three goals in six second-half minutes brought their resistance to a crushing halt.
According to The Sun, Van Gaal blamed two players in particular for the heavy defeat – Marcus Rashford and Marcos Rojo.
Neil Ashton claims that Van Gaal ‘kicked off the ruck’ between the manager and the players at half-time by criticising Rashford’s continued runs in behind Tottenham centre-halves Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
The Dutchman’s treatment of Rashford, who has scored five goals in ten games, ‘surprised’ the Man United players in particular. ‘The Dutchman waded into the 18-year-old and told the forward he was spending too much time hunting the ball in wide areas,’ Ashton writes.
Van Gaal also ‘pointed the finger’ at Rojo after his glaring error which led to Alderweireld’s goal – Spurs’ second – where the Argentinean lost his marker from a cross.
Due to the criticism of Rashford and Rojo, as well as continued bemusement of his tactics, Man United players have now ‘turned on their manager,’ and respect for him has ‘gone’. Ashton writes:
‘United players were furious with the manager’s baffling tactics and openly criticised the Dutchman.
‘Van Gaal then stomped off to conduct post-match media duties and ended up arguing with reporters.’
The Dutchman ‘bamboozled’ Ashley Young by playing him in a number of different positions during his 45-minute cameo. The former Aston Villa winger played up front during the second half at White Hart Lane – a decision Van Gaal has since explained.
Cheer up Manchester United fans…