Manchester United’s Woodward meets with players to discuss Van Gaal

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A manager’s fate is almost always in the hands of his players, but it may have been in their words at Old Trafford.

With Louis Van Gaal out of town, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward reportedly held discussions with his senior players on Monday, delving into their relationships with the embattled manager.

United saw its four-match unbeaten run snapped at the hands of Southampton on Saturday, marking the second loss in its last four matches at Old Trafford.

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Van Gaal’s been widely criticized for his defense-first approach to managing the Premier League’s fifth-place side, and Woodward wants to know how the players are feeling.

The club did not train on Monday. Is it possible they may not practice under Van Gaal’s direction again?