Manchester United players are becoming frustrated with the amount of time Louis van Gaal is spending pouring over video replays with his chief video analyst Max Reckers, reports The Mail.
In what has been the biggest non-transfer story to come out of Old Trafford since the Dutchman took charge last summer, several senior players, including Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, confronted their manager over his management techniques.
Their concerns varied from rigid training methods to his treatment of Victor Valdes and Rafael Da Silva, but another source of friction is down to the increasing prominence of Reckers.
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Reckers arrived at the club alongside Van Gaal last summer and is in charge of pouring over a mountain of video footage to expose the weaknesses in the players' performances.
His increasingly important role in team preparation is starting to create tension between the management staff and the players.
The problem stems from the fact that Reckers and Van Gaal focus mainly on the negatives. Players are bombarded with what they are doing wrong with the emphasis on eradicating weaknesses rather than accentuating strengths.
But the players could be on a collision course with their manager over Reckers with the Dutchman having described the IT expert as 'like my son' in a recent interview.
Like my son
In the same report, he is quoted as saying: "It's unbelievable because he's not only my computer guru, he's like my son. But he's not called Van Gaal, his name is Max Reckers and he is a performance analyst.
"He collects all the data that we need. We have a lot of data because at Manchester United there was already a philosophy that you have to measure everything and it's called the sport science department. It's unbelievable what kind of data they have and I'm very pleased that kind of support is already arranged in Manchester.
"They have supported us very well, not only in sport science but also the medical department and the kit men. It's unbelievable what organisation you have to make for such a big group at such a big club."
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