Van Gaal: I am a communicator

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he regularly meets with his players to discuss any concerns they may have.

The Red Devils boss made the revelation in the wake of reports suggesting Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick had approached him to voice their concerns over recent results as well as the tactics employed by the former Netherlands coach.

However, Van Gaal claims it's nothing out of the ordinary, insisting he is "not a dictator" and his door is always open to his players.

"Believe me, it is like that. I am not a dictator, I am a communicator," Van Gaal said in his pre-match press conference.

"All the players are communicating with me. They are coming to my office."

He added: "It's a positive thing that the players are coming to me – and not only Carrick or Rooney, other players.

"It was Carrick and Rooney [who approached me] and that was alarming for me because they are the captains.

"I have changed the way that I [draw up] the game plan to them.

"Now I ask in advance and they can say what they want. Most of the strategy is always the same because they like the way we have done."