Van Gaal is a victim of his own high expectations, top Dutch coach tells talkSPORT

first_imgUnder-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has become a victim of his own extremely high standards this season, claims former colleague Raymond Verheijen.The Dutchman is on the brink of the sack as Red Devils boss, according to reports on Bank Holiday Monday, following a run of seven games without a win and three consecutive Premier League defeats.Van Gaal has felt the heat at the Old Trafford helm in recent weeks, with the manager walking out of a press conference in protest against his treatment in the media, while television cameras caught him looking glum after watching his side fall to a 2-0 defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day.And Verheijen, who worked with Van Gaal during his first stint as manager of the Netherlands national team, believes a severe disappointment in his own performance is the reason behind the 64-year-old’s mood.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Dutch fitness coach said: “The thing with Louis van Gaal is that he has extremely high expectations of himself. He pushes himself to the max and his players to the max.“And with the media, he has the same expectations of the media that he demands from himself and his players. He expects the media to be top professionals, who know football inside out and are able to talk about the game at the same level as he does.“So what you saw in the press conference when he walked away, that was not anger, it was disappointment. The problem with Van Gaal is that he’s not very good at hiding his disappointment, and that’s why he walked away.“It’s true, he looked very down on Boxing Day [following the defeat to Stoke] and that was because he was disappointed with himself that he couldn’t do the job on the day.”The Red Devils host Chelsea on Monday evening, and it is being widely suggested that a fifth straight league loss will be the final straw for club chiefs.But Verheijen has called for patience from the hierarchy, insisting Van Gaal WILL turn United around from their slump if given the time.He added: “These things have happened to him before at Bayern Munich, at Barcelona and at Ajax.“So, if the Man United board and directors keep supporting Louis van Gaal, eventually he will turn it around and probably they will be very successful.“It all depends on the patience and the relationship between Louis van Gaal and the board.”last_img