Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous hair dryer treatment to cool the players after a bad days work is well known. But, the present manager Louis Van Gaal has no intention of following him, as the Dutchman showed his true colours to the players after the Goodsion humiliation. Especially, two players faced the full wrath of Van Gaal in training the following day.
Hapless Manchester United was trashed by Everton 3-0, the biggest margin of defeat under Van Gaal in the league. After the battering, many players were expected to face the full anger of the Dutchman. But, it was just two players in particular – Daley Blind and Antonio Valencia – who experienced his entire fury.
The Mirror reports Van Gaal was so incensed by Blind and Valencia’s roles he singled out the duo at United’s Carrington training complex on Monday. Blind has always been one of the favourite of Van Gaal. Blind has always started a match, whenever he has been free from injuries. Despite the favourite tag, the former Ajax player was on the receiving end of Van Gaal’s frustration.
Blind returned to the side against Everton after missing the Chelsea loss through injury. The Dutchman deputised ineffectually for the indispensable Michael Carrick and pulled out of a tackle on James McCarthy as the midfielder burst into the United area to score the opening goal.
Whereas Valencia was at fault for the remaining two goals. Valencia failed to track John Stones as he met Leighton Baines’ corner to make it 2-0, before he allowed Kevin Mirallas to latch onto a loose ball and net Everton’s third in the second half to kill the game as a contest.
Van Gaal did not hide his frustration after the match and described United’s hammering as their ‘most disappointing performance’ and feared the worst over how lackluster United players were in the warm-up to the match. After the match Van Gaal said: “It is the first time that I have seen our motivation, inspiration and aggression was not as high as the opponent.”
“In sport you shall always be compared to your opponent and that was the reason. I had already the feeling and my colleagues Ryan Giggs and Albert [Stuivenberg] had the feeling because the warm-up was not so good as usual. You hope you can recover and stimulate your players by saying something before the game but by then it is too late” he added.