Louis van Gaal may be the Manchester United manager, but he still listens to the opinions of the players on tactics and strategy.
That’s according to striker Robin van Persie, who worked with his Dutch compatriot at the Netherlands national team.
‘It's very demanding in a good way as you have to be focused every single day of the sessions or the meeting’, Sky Sports quotes the 31-year-old as saying. ‘He wants players to get involved in the meeting too.
'You have to give your own input, which is what the staff likes. That's a bit of the Dutch thing. Everybody gets involved in the project.
'We are all working on it. Everyone has their own say, which is maybe new for some players but not for me as I know how he works'.
Van Gaal has often been portrayed in the media as being disciplinarian and authoritarian, but Van Persie’s comments suggest that the 63-year-old is not so - not entirely anyway.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s willingness to take into account his players’ views suggests that he is not rigid in his approach.
As Van Persie points out, the United players will need some time to fully comprehend, appreciate and execute Van Gaal’s ideas, and them getting involved in the discussions is only make everything go more smoothly.