Louis van Gaal Reportedly Criticised by Unnamed Manchester United Player

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2015

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Louis van Gaal manager of Manchester United looks on after the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on November 25, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly been accused by an unnamed Red Devils player of hamstringing his potential with his style of play.

United played out a drab 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday, their fourth goalless result in the last seven matches.

Van Gaal's side have been largely uninspiring this season and one United player is reportedly unhappy with the Dutchman's methods, according to the Telegraph's Jason Burt on BBC Radio 5 live:

I've got to be careful what I say here but I've spoken to one player at United who told me he's half the player he can be here at the moment because of the way they are playing. 

He doesn't feel that it's fair on him. He doesn't feel that it's fair on the fans.

He can't express himself properly and finds it very difficult to play here.

The draw with PSV means United must travel to Wolfsburg for their final group match and claim a victory to guarantee their place in the first knockout round of the Champions League.

Champions League Group B Standings
Manchester United52215418
PSV Eindhoven52126607
CSKA Moskow511347-34

The hosts' performance at Old Trafford against the Dutch champions was another display in which they were devoid of much invention.

Van Gaal's approach was typified by his choice to throw on Marouane Fellaini as an additional attacker just before the hour, and not Juan Mata, a decision vilified by ESPN's Alex Shaw:

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Though United are currently second in the Premier League—and can go top on Saturday with a victory over Leicester City—their performances have done little to get the heart racing.

Van Gaal's pragmatic, possession-based style is almost the antithesis of the all-or-nothing, attacking mentality cultivated for over two decades under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Old Trafford faithful were happy to put up with it last season as United returned to some kind of form following David Moyes' disastrous tenure, but they are seemingly tiring of it now, per the Times's Oliver Kay:

If the players are also unhappy, Van Gaal could have a problem on his hands.

Dutch football writer Elko Born preached patience following Wednesday's performance:

But if United do not beat Wolfsburg on December 8 and are dumped out of the Champions League, Van Gaal will come under further scrutiny from fans, players and media alike.