Manchester United youngster Donald Love has revealed that he hasn't spoken to manager Louis van Gaal since the club's Europa League defeat at the hands of FC Midtjylland.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Love, who made his debut for the club against Premier League strugglers Sunderland, has also insisted that Van Gaal told him that he played well against the Black Cats.
In fact, Love, 21, claims that he was surprised how comfortable he felt against Sunderland, claiming that the opposition winger didn't get passed him on one occasion.
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"It’s not really hit me yet. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind," said Love as he recalled his Premier League debut. "I learned a lot from it. It was a dream come true. The manager told me to go out and play like I did for the 21s. That’s what I did and I thought we did well. But we lost the game to two set pieces.
"He told me after the Sunderland game I’d done well and that I was one of the better players. That gives your confidence a boost going into the next game.
"In the Sunderland game I was surprised how comfortable I was. I was bombing forward and the winger didn’t get past me once. I just played my own game. The pace of the match didn’t bother me because our 21s coach nails fitness into us.
Ultimately, though, Love lost his second game in succession with the first-team against Midtjylland and hasn't had a look-in since.
The defender has insisted that he doesn't regret anything and insists he's now waiting for another chance to prove his credentials.
He continued by saying: "But we lost the next game and I’ve fallen out of it since then. I don’t regret anything because I did my best when I was out there. But I wanted to win.
"The manager hasn’t spoken to me yet, but I think that’s just how he is. I think I see him how you lot see him. It’s either his way or no other way. That’s how I think he’s always been by the sounds of it. People have taken their chances, too, so I’m waiting for another chance."
In truth, it's hard not to feel sorry for Love. Of course, he would have been overjoyed after making his domestic and European debut for the club, but results most definitely did not go his way.
And that may well have cost him in pursuit of first-team action. At the time, United had a whole host of injuries and things may have been different for Love if he had entered the team with a far more experienced back line.
He will be well aware, however, that if he continues to express himself for the club's Under-21 side, then he will get another opportunity in the near future.
Van Gaal has endured a tricky time at the Theatre of Dreams, but he deserves credit for the way he has integrated the club's finest youth players into the side.
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