Marcos Rojo admits Manchester United players are scared of Van Gaal's 'bulldog face'

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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo faced the wrath of Louis van Gaal in the summer, when he failed to turn up for the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

The Argentine defender was unable to meet up with his team-mates, due to passport problems and his manager was less than impressed. 

Speaking to Fox Sport Argentina, the central defender said the Dutch boss made him train on his own for two weeks, and revealed many of their players were scared of his 'bulldog face.'


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As per the Sun, he said: "Van Gaal has this strong personality and it’s scary when he’s angry. He has this bulldog face! He is a great person and will have a good relationship with you — as long as you obey him in everything he says."

Speaking of his pre-season mishap, the Argentine international said: “Van Gaal got angry with me because of that. It can be said it’s a normal reaction — he was right to be angry with me

“After that I trained for two weeks by myself. But let me tell you I’m ready to be back again.” 

Known for his disciplinarian style, Van Gaal may be happy to know his United players fear him, but will be hoping performances on the pitch can improve.

The Red Devils have struggled so far this season, scoring just three goals, and there have been reports in the papers that some players are unhappy with his training methods.


Rojo made 22 league appearances for the Red Devils last season, but is yet to play in this campaign. 

Having reportedly rejected a move to Monaco over the summer, the 25-year-old must now force his way back into the starting line-up.

The Dutch boss has opted for a central defensive partnership of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind this season, but the Argentine defender will be confident of taking Blind's role, on the left side of the two.

Blind has looked relatively solid in the opening weeks of the season, but at times his lack of experience in the position has been evident, with his positioning poor on occasions. 

With Van Gaal preferring a left-footed defender in the position, it is primed for a straight shootout between the two to become the first-choice option.


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