Van Gaal has “superb relationship with my players”

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The Great Singing Dutchman of Old Trafford, Louis Van Gaal, was back at it again on Friday.

With Manchester United preparing for a big rivalry tilt with Liverpool this weekend (Watch live Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra), Van Gaal was quizzed on some big-picture matters: the signing of 19-year-old Anthony Martial and reported discontent in the team room.

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Van Gaal says the Martial deal is one for the future, that he told chairman Ed Woodward to sign him because he’s the best striker of his age and will only cost more next summer.

This at the same press conference where he broke into fans’ chants of “Louis van Gaal’s Army” before trying to relax critics who claim the team is in revolt.

From Sky Sports’ live blog:

“Rooney and Carrick came to me and said the dressing room is flat – they told me because they wanted to help me,” Van Gaal said. “I communicate not only with my captains, but they try to warn me.

“I then went to my dressing room and discussed with my players and we discussed a lot of aspects – but not what some have written.

“I think I have a superb relationship with my players.”

You buy it? I tend to think all’s fine under the microscope at Manchester United, where feathers seem ruffled for fun.