Manchester United's start to the season under new manager Louis van Gaal hasn't quite gone to plan. Defeat to Swansea City on the opening day was a huge shock, and then a draw with Sunderland on Sunday was somewhat disappointing too. A stunning 4-0 loss to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday already has the pressure mounting on van Gaal, whose introduction of a 3-4-1-2 system hasn't gone down well so far.
A number of players over the years have given van Gaal credit for giving them their chance in the first team, and whilst the Dutchman is known to be incredibly demanding, plenty of players have spoken highly of his attention to detail and ability to motivate his players.
However, one player who hasn't given him a ringing endorsement is German striker Miroslav Klose. The 36-year-old, who broke the all-time World Cup goalscoring record in Brazil this summer, spent two seasons under van Gaal when he was manager at Bayern Munich, but scored just 12 goals before a move to Lazio in 2011.
And now, Klose has revealed that his time under van Gaal was the toughest of his career so far amidst his initial struggles at Old Trafford.
"It was a tough time, particularly working with Van Gaal," said Klose. "I didn't feel free. It was difficult for me to fulfil his expectations. He was asking me to make runs I just couldn't see - I gave it all I could, but sometimes it just wasn't enough."