When the half-time whistle blew during Manchester United's Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven, plenty of people inside Old Trafford would have had a few choice words for the players.
The score was 0-0 and Wayne Rooney and Co. had been less than impressive against the Eredivisie champions. Louis van Gaal was not happy with the performance and he wanted to make his feelings loud and clear.
According to the Sunday People, the uninspiring display sent the Dutchman into a fit of rage. He went ballistic at his players, demanding better from his team of international stars who take home hundreds of thousands of pounds every week.
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Although Van Gaal can come across rather intense at times, he is known to be a calm and reflective figure on matchdays, but he went completely the other way on Wednesday night, accusing stars of letting themselves and the club down.
His tirade could be heard loud and clear down the Old Trafford corridors and one source has spoken out, claiming the player's were left silenced and "a bit shocked" by how angry Van Gaal was.
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Here is what the Old Trafford source said:
“It was a spectacular meltdown of the kind no-one behind the scenes here at Old Trafford has heard before from Van Gaal.
“We have heard him raise his voice at half time and full time on occasions after matches at Old Trafford but nothing like this – he was off the scale.
“He went utterly ballistic. No-one else was speaking. The players were obviously just sat there listening and by the sounds of it there was nothing else they could do.
"Most of the time it was just the manager ranting at the way they had played and demanding they do better second half.
“I think it left a few people around the dressing room area a bit shocked. We’ve all heard Sir Alex Ferguson lose his temper in the dressing room but this was even louder. Fergie would have been proud of him.”
Van Gaal's half-time tirade did not have the desired effect, of course, as PSV managed to leave Manchester with a well-earned point. In fact, the Dutch outfit probably had the upper hand towards the end of the game.
And it also did not spark them back into life on Saturday as they rescued a point against a Jamie Vardy inspired Leicester City. If shouting won't do it, Van Gaal will have to find another way to get the best out of this star-studded line-up.
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