The Bayern Munich winger has stated that the Dutch maestro does not want to disappoint his players.
Following on from the disappointment of a poor season last term, the Dutch coach’s personality and attitude were surely key elements in the club’s decision to hire him in the summer.
Despite a tough exterior, Van Gaal’s close relationship with his players has been revealed by Arjen Robben.
The Bayern Munich winger, who was key for Van Gaal’s Netherlands side at the World Cup in the summer, has admitted that the coach has an “emotional” side when dealing with team selection.
“Van Gaal is very emotionally involved as a coach,” Robben told Algemeen Dagblad.
“He finds it very difficult to disappoint players, for example. When someone trains well and he has to tell them that they won’t play, that touches him.
“Because he struggles with that he shows his emotion to the squad. With a lot of other coaches you see that a lot less - they keep their distance and try to protect themselves.”
Van Gaal is renowned for being short with players and with the media, but Robben’s insight reveals that the ex-Barcelona manager puts importance into creating a strong group.
Manchester United beat Newcastle 3-1 at Old Trafford yesterday and travel to take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane tomorrow.