Manchester United players got a big shock at their Christmas party when famously stern manager Louis van Gaal got up on to the stage and did a Frank Sinatra set, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Van Gaal has been depicted as a tough disciplinarian throughout much of his career managing the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, so the sight of him belting out some classic tunes behind the microphone will have been an amusing one for the Old Trafford squad.
The report claims the likes of Wayne Rooney and Angel di Maria were stunned when, after seeing the likes of Rooney have a go at singing a song in front of the players and staff in attendance, Van Gaal stepped up himself and provided is own take on Old Blue Eyes.
A source cited in the report even suggested that the Dutchman, who was appointed Manchester United manager in May of this year, was not interested in a one off and spent a fair bit of time in front of his players.
“The manager was really getting into his singing and was in no hurry to stop so he stayed up there for a couple of numbers,” said the report.
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“He comes across as a really tough manager who expects everyone to follow his orders in all football matters because he likes to be in total control of that part of his club – just like Ferguson.
“But Van Gaal has another side – and the players loved it. They appreciated that although he is the manager he is one of them too and is a stickler for maintaining the team spirit.”
The lead up to Christmas has been enjoyable for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United after despatching Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon the Red Devils were only five points Manchester City and on a six-game winning streak.