These are really not the best of times for Van Gaal and the last thing he needs is two of his players turning on him publicly. The under fire manager is under intense pressure to get a result from their next match against rivals, Chelsea as the feeling is that he will indeed be fired if he doesn’t get a result and this sort of distractions are the last thing that will help him. United are winless in seven and lost 2-0 to Stoke City at the Brittania Stadium in their last outing.
The Dutchman is struggling to motivate his players and his efforts to get them to buy into his methods are clearly not working. Reports suggest that the manager has relaxed his training regime in a bid to coax a performance from his players. Whether that approach is working is yet to be seen.
Juan Mata, who joined from Chelsea in January 2014 after struggling for game under Jose Mourinho time is displeased having to play on the right as he feels he does his best work in the number 10 role, behind the striker. Even if Van Gaal is fired, the player will definitely not want Mourinho in the saddle as the two apparently, do not get on well.
Ander Herrera is fuming at having to take a back seat this season, he has had only 7 starts and sees no reason why he should be on the bench when does occupying his position on the pitch aren’t exactly doing well. He will be desperate to get a steady run in the team which will give him a chance of gate crashing the Spain team to Euro 2016.