Manchester United rocked as Louis van Gaal threatens to quit
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Louis van Gaal has revealed that he would quit as Manchester United manager if he did not have the right chemistry with his players.
United are well placed in third in the Premier League table one point behind leaders Manchester City as they prepare to host West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
However, there is growing frustration among supporters about United’s stale performances on the pitch, with reports that the players are unhappy with the repetitive nature of Van Gaal’s strict regime.
However, the Dutchman insisted that the relationship with his squad is “good” and that he would leave United if that was not the case.
Speaking at his media conference on Friday, Van Gaal said: “The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board. It should be good, otherwise I would be gone.
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“When I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best. But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs.
“I don’t think there is a coach that quits by himself because of the money, but I am like that.”
Previously in his career, Van Gaal has walked away from his second stint as Barcelona manager and his job as technical director at Ajax, and was talked out of a similar offer to quit at AZ Alkmaar.
With fans growing increasingly restless and chants of ‘attack, attack, attack’ now commonplace at United games, Van Gaal urged supporters to stay behind his team.
“I think it is very important that the fans are supporting the team,” observed the manager. “It is also a big boost for the players. We have to understand that nowadays it is not so easy any more to disorganise opponents who are defending the way they have been at Old Trafford.
“Last season I said a lot of things about the fans and their support for us despite the results. But now the results are reasonable or maybe very good. Sometimes they shout ‘attack, attack, attack’ but we are attacking 70 per cent because we have the ball.
“Maybe they want more long balls, more activity in the 18-yard box, and yes that is possible.
“But when you see our figures, they are very good at home. And away, in comparison to last season, the figures are also good. And that is the reason why we are third in the table. But we need the support of the fans.”