Manchester United players have nicknamed Louis van Gaal “Daisy” as part of a running joke about his slow driving around the club’s Carrington training ground.
This is according to The Sun - and brought to our attention by the Mirror - who claim United’s players have learned to avoid getting themselves stuck behind the veteran Dutch coach when driving home from training.
Van Gaal is reportedly terrified of driving into ditches and pot holes around Carrington, so he drives with extreme caution, prompting the Red Devils’ stars to give him the new nickname in reference to the film Driving Miss Daisy.
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Based on the precautious way his team play on the pitch, United fans probably won’t be too surprised to hear that Van Gaal likes to take it easy behind the wheel.
Supporters are frustrated with the lack of adventure Manchester United have shown this season, although they left Old Trafford relatively happy on Saturday afternoon following a comfortable 2-0 win over West Brom.
Fans haven't fallen in love with LvG's philosophy
After drawing four matches in a row last month - including the penalty shoot-out defeat to Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup - it appeared that United fans were beginning to lose patience with the football being played under Van Gaal.
As well as chanting “attack, attack, attack” they also booed loudly when Van Gaal substituted Anthony Martial in the 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow last week - although that decision worked out rather well for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
It seems the majority of United fans can just about accept the team playing dull football when it leads to victories.
However, Van Gaal will be acutely aware that dull football and disappointing results is the deadly combination which ultimately led to the sacking of his predecessor, David Moyes.
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