Guillermo Varela says Louis van Gaal has a "difficult personality"

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Guillermo Varela has admitted that he and his Manchester United team-mates sometimes find it difficult to handle Louis van Gaal's "difficult personality".

The revelation will come as no surprise to fans of the Red Devils, who had read countless stories about the controversial philosophy that Van Gaal has installed at the club.

Varela, who had been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window, has been elevated to the starting XI in recent weeks as the Dutchman attempts to manage an ongoing injury crisis at Old Trafford.


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He has played in three games since the start of December, deputising in defeats to Wolfsburg and Bournemouth before playing the full 90 minutes against Derby County last week.

And because of that injury crisis, the 22-year-old was told he would not be allowed to leave Old Trafford in January window despite reported interest from several European clubs.

Difficult to work with

Varela, despite admitting Van Gaal can be difficult to handle sometimes, says he has had no problems with the 64-year-old so far.

"The rumours say there is always some kind of problem with the South Americans," Varela told Ovacion. "If I tell you the truth, I have had none. When we've had to talk it has been clear and stayed at that.

"He has a difficult personality. Sometimes it is not so easy for the players."

Problem with South America

What Varela was inferring to, of course, was Van Gaal's rumoured disdain for South American players. Plenty of his former stars have made the claim in the past while it has also been suggested that is was the root cause of Angel di Maria's high-profile failure at United.

Diego Forlan, who has never played under Van Gaal, said in July: "Louis van Gaal has never been a fan of South American players, as my good friend Juan Roman Riquelme will tell you from his time under the Dutchman at Barcelona.

"Van Gaal also had a habit of letting his South Americans leave when he was at Bayern Munich, yet United signed both Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, the Colombia striker, on huge money last summer."

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