Louis van Gaal’s insistence on a pre-match “supper-club” is the latest bugbear of the Manchester United players.
Reports earlier this season suggested players were unhappy with Van Gaal’s training methods and tactics, and it is now understood they have become fed up with his pre-match routine.
Under past managers the squad were given time to themselves after eating dinner at the club’s Carrington training base.
However, according to the Daily Mail, the players now have to attend a series of meetings which can last several hours at the Lowry hotel in Manchester, before a 10pm gathering for a supper of toast or cereal.
The report also states that the squad are given a bedtime of 10:30pm, and that Van Gaal tries to adhere to a similar routine for away games.
After the players returned to training on Wednesday following two days off – they also had two days off prior to the draw at Leicester – a source told the Mail: “There’s no fun, no banter — just lots of meetings. The body language of the players isn’t right, and there’s no expression when they go out to play.”
Despite currently sitting only a point off the top of the Premier League table, fans are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the team’s lethargic performances, and many are starting to question the 64-year-old’s position.