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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Louis van Gaal remains defiant

Paul Hyland

DEFIANT Louis van Gaal has told critics and fans alike that his word is law at Old Trafford and that he hasn't changed his philosophy since his first steps in management.

Speaking at the League Manager Conference, van Gaal joked about his legendary arrogance and pitched himself as an educator rather than a dictator.

"Sometimes I have a horrible time because I am too arrogant, I say things how they are. It's the most difficult way but you shall survive.," said van Gaal.

"Feedback is very important, of course," he added. "But I have to say that because when I don't say that then I'm arrogant!"

"When I was a boy, I knew I wanted to be a trainer-coach. I lived near the Ajax training ground and I watched the training sessions. "

"At the Academy of Physical Education I learnt a lot, and everything I learnt there I practise now," said the Dutchman.

"It takes always a little bit of time to transfer the message. I'm training in the brain, a lot of things in the brain because football is not a sport of legs, it is a sport of brain, and tactics. So, that takes a lot of time," he said.

And he left nobody in any doubt that if a particular brain does not absorb his message well enough to carry out instructions, there will be consequences.

"All the players have to sustain that process and that's not easy. Praise is better than to be negative, it is true. But, sometimes, I'm sorry, you have to be negative also.

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