Louis Van Gaal, Newly Appointed Manchester United Manager, May Have ‘Problem’ with Senior Players Like Rooney

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | May 20, 2014 11:12 AM EST

Manchester United appointed a new manager for the first time in 27 years. However, David Moyes led to the club to a miserable season. Alex Ferguson's shoes seemed tough to fill in. After Moyes was fired in April, Man U now appoints Dutchman Louis Van Gaal as the new manager. However, warnings were issued immediately that senior players like Wayne Rooney might clash with the newly appointed manager.

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Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal gestures during a training session in Hoenderloo in this May 7, 2014 file photo. Dutchman van Gaal has been named as Manchester United's new manager with Ryan Giggs confirmed as his assistant, the Premier League club said on May 19, 2014.

Even though Van Gaal is believed to be a "genius coach" and is going to guarantee success for Man U, his ways of dealing with the players may turn out to be troublesome. Mehmet Scholl, who worked under Van Gaal for Bayern Munich and won eight Bundesliga titles, told The Guardian that the newly appointed Man U coach would be "very strict and severe." "So the players just have the chance to follow him or they are out and he takes the next players. He's very good with young players. I think everywhere he was he had some problems with big players and the staff," he said.

Van Gaal, by the way, is going to be the manager of The Netherlands during the FIFA World Cup 2014. He has earlier managed prominent clubs like Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona. The 62-year-old worked for six years in Ajax, four years in AZ Alkmaar, three years in Barcelona and a couple in Bayern. He has an impressive history of winning championships with every club he was given the responsibility over.

Scholl was asked how Van Gaal managed to have such an illustrious career if he had problems with senior players in a team. According to Scholl, Van Gaal needs around 14 players out of "26, 27 players" in the team to follow him. "His thing is not the motivation [man-management]. He's good in motivation but this is not his main character thing," he said, "His thing is really working on the pitch - that's brilliant. And that's how the players learn. You know by yourself that if you learn from somebody you are curious, you want to learn more."

Scholl said that senior players like Rooney might find it difficult to be dictated.

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Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal gestures during a training session in Hoenderloo in this May 7, 2014 file photo. Dutchman van Gaal has been named as Manchester United's new manager with Ryan Giggs confirmed as his assistant, the Premier League club said on May 19, 2014.
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