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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insists: 'I am not a dictator'

Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex on April 17, 2015 in Manchester, England.
Image: Louis van Gaal has explained how he has adapted to his players needs

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted he is "not a dictator".

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The Dutchman has reportedly come under fire from a number of his own players due to his methods, including treatment of outgoing players.

Sky Sports football expert and former United defender Gary Neville has also raised concerns, but Van Gaal defended his relationship with his players in an animated press conference on Friday.

And he insists he is versatile enough to have listened to his players worries and adapted his techniques.

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"All the players are communicating with me - they are coming to my office, believe me, it is like that. I am not a dictator - I am a communicator," he said.

"It's a positive thing that the players are coming to me and not only Michael Carrick or Wayne Rooney, other players too.

"It was alarming for me that it was Carrick and Rooney and because they are the captains. That's why I went to the dressing room and analysed the situation for them. After that, the atmosphere was much better and after that we won again.

"Most of the strategy is always the same because they like the way we have done it. But I have changed the way that I say the game-plan to them, for example. Now I ask in advance and they can say what they want.

"When you have professional behaviour, you know there are a lot of meetings. But footballer is still better than every other job because you can work with your hobby."

Van Gaal was speaking ahead of United's huge clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

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