Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted that he would leave his post at Old Trafford if he honestly believed that his dressing room had lost its chemistry.
The Dutchman, famous for his no-nonsense approach, labelled chemistry as the ‘most important’ thing when running a football club, pointing to the fact that he has left previous details due to there being a negative atmosphere engulfing the squad.
Van Gaal on stepping down
This comes in the wake of speculation suggesting that certain players at United are unhappy with the way Van Gaal runs things. The Daily Mirror even went as far as to state that the 64-year-old could anticipate a ‘backlash’.
"I always gave my clubs structure and I think structure is very important in a club, but also in a company, everywhere,” he said, as per Sky Sports.
“I’m happy that when I’m gone, people are saying nice things about me but the most important thing is not always that. It is in my opinion the chemistry between players and staff. That chemistry is the most important thing.
“When I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best. But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs and former jobs.”
The all-important chemistry
Van Gaal then went on to claim that money would never force him from a club, only the idea that things were going south concerning the relationship he has with the players and the board.
“I don’t think there is a coach that quits by himself because of the money, but I am like that,” he added.
Van Gaal left Barcelona in 2000 under an acrimonious cloud:
“It’s fantastic that people are saying when I’m gone, ‘Oh, he was very good, he gave structure and was the basis for other things’.
“But it’s not the most important thing for me. The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board.
“It should be good and otherwise I would be gone.”
Naturally, he was asked how the chemistry was at United. He answered: "It's good."
Indeed, it would appear that United are beginning to pick up speed with regards to their ambitions of winning the Premier League, and Van Gaal has had a huge say in that.
Van Gaal's reign
The Dutchman picked up the reigns from where David Moyes’ disastrous tenure had set them down and though it’s been a bumpy ride thus far the team are definitely heading in the right direction.
With one or two players yet to hit form - Wayne Rooney, we’re eyeballing you - there’s no reason why the Red Devils can’t run the likes of Man City and Arsenal close for the English title. Van Gaal’s side might not play dazzling football, but they’re picking up plenty of points.
The table, as it stands:
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