Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has shed light on his reign at Old Trafford, and revealed his players 'don't dare' challenge his point of view.
The Dutch boss looks to have finally turned a corner with his team after consecutive wins against fellow top-four rivals Tottenham and Liverpool, and looks well on course to deliver Champions League football back to Old Trafford.
Van Gaal has a hard-line reputation and revealed this weekend that his players don't ever try and challenge his viewpoint, and says they 'have to agree' with him.
"I always try to be positive to the players as it's always better to give them a compliment and be positive, rather than negative," he said. "I ask the players what they find, but I have a lot of corrections, but they have to agree with me otherwise they cannot perform at the next time."
Asked whether he accepts his players challenging his decisions, Van Gaal responded: "Most of the players don't dare to do that but when they have good arguments I listen.
"When their argument is better than mine than I'd look at changing my ideas. Which system I play is not interesting, it is the philosophy that is important."
After the win over Liverpool, Manchester United are five points clear of Brendan Rodgers' side in the Premier League table, with the likes of Tottenham and Southampton a further point back.
Van Gaal has also revealed that he tends to keep pre-match team-talks to a minimum having done most of the work on the training ground.
"The team is as a whole, they all sit in front of me and then I say one sentence... 'Show yourself today' or 'No red card because it will be a very sharp duel.'" Because I have prepared for the match together with the players already for three or four days. What do I need to say then?
"I want to transfer to the players that they need to think for themselves in the match, they have to decide by themselves. Otherwise they have to wait until half-time so that I can say something. I believe that players can read the game, that they have to coach their fellow players."
Next up for Manchester United after the international break is Aston Villa. Liverpool go up against Arsenal, and failure to win against the Gunners could be a fatal blow in their hopes of securing a top four spot.
Van Gaal's reputation as a draconian leader is unlikely to be helped by his latest claim - however Manchester United fans will not care one jot given their recent form.
Earlier on this season when the Red Devils were struggling the spotlight was shined on his methods and were said to be part of the reason for their form - however for the time being he has his team on song and the future is looking bright.
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