Despite being termed as a dictator by many, Louis Van Gaal as regularly maintained that he also has a softer side. On Saturday, Van Gaal showed that side when he ‘Kissed’ Ander Herrera for ‘Controlling’ the ball before scoring his first of the night.

After the match, the Dutchman explained he had been imploring the Spanish midfielder to control the ball before shooting in order to demonstrate a greater level of composure. Hence, when Herrera controlled the pass from Blind to score United’s opening goal, the Dutchman was unable to control his emotions.

According to MUTV, “He has a very good kicking technique and he should only be more composed. I said to him ‘you have to control the ball before you shoot’. I said that to him again in yesterday’s training session, and then I kissed him at half-time because he had controlled the ball for the first time in his life and then he shot!” said an happy Van Gaal.

He however added that after the final whistle Herrera gave Van Gaal a counter response about his desire to control the ball before shooting. “But then I came after the second half to him and he said ‘without control I can do it also!'” said the Dutchman as Herrera scored United’s third straight from Juan Mata’s pass without controlling the ball. 

Initially Van Gaal did not fancy the Spaniard much, as Herrera did not start much. He went more than two months without a Premier League start over Christmas and New Year. In fact, he started just once in the league between the end of October and the middle of February.

But, he already has 7 goals from his 15 starts for the club. Hence, with Herrera being the integral part of the recent United revival, it is unlikely the Dutchman will not start him against United’s derby rivals Manchester City coming Sunday.

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