Louis van Gaal has hailed Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney’s dressing room rant at his teammates and revealed the incident reminded him of a similar rant which eventually led to one of the most coveted managerial moments for him.
Wayne Rooney shouted and screamed in the dressing room after his team’s frustrating performance at half-time against Liverpool last week before he scored the winning goal in the second half.
For the Dutch manager it actually brought back memories of Frank Rijkaard’s famous intervention during the break in the 1995 Champions League final which paved the way for Ajax clinch an astonishing win over AC Milan.
Louis van Gaal said in an interview: “I think the players have to take responsibility but at the right moment — because I have seen it in my career at the wrong moment.
“At the right moment you have to do it so I am very pleased — in the final in 1995 with Frank Rijkaard for example.
“It’s always good, it always helps the manager and also the players. I’m asking already for more. I believe in the corrections of fellow players — I think that is more important than the correction of a manager.”
Generally calm and cool Rijkaard lost his temper after his team-mate Clarence Seedorf’s shocking performance, but then inspired by Rijkaard’s vocal tonic went on to set up the winner for Patrick Kluivert in the second half.
And van Gaal has now acknowledged his team will have to bring out all their fighting spirit after being heavily hit by more injury setback ahead of today’s League fixture with Southampton.
Winger Ashley Young will be sidelined for a number of months as he has to undergo surgery on the groin injury due to which he left the field against Liverpool last weekend.
Now Young’s absence leaves Manchester United short of as many as four full-back options and van Gaal now has no other choice but to rely on the inexperienced Cameron Borthwick-Jackson as he still searching for reinforcements.
Both Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones didn’t manage to make their expected recoveries from injuries and will apparently join the absent list of Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.
The Old Trafford boss also conceded it is too much to ask the inexperienced youngsters to rise up to occasion and close the huge seven-point gap on current league leaders Arsenal.
He Gaal said: “I have used youngsters a lot of times and they are doing great but the level of Man United is high and to give a high performance every week is very difficult for the youngsters.
“That’s why we have to look especially in the transfer period for replacements.
Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal’s counterpart, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has a hat-trick of league victories and eyeing an Old Trafford double today.
Southampton have managed to recover from their recent sticky patch with comprehensive back-to-back wins over Watford and West Brom, netting five goals in the process while conceding not a single one.
Today they will face Manchester United, with the sweet memory of a 1-0 victory last term which was their first success at the Old Trafford in 27 years.