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Friday 9 December 2016

Louis van Gaal: United we stand ahead of Liverpool test

Reds boss dismisses talk of unrest ahead of crunch encounter with Liverpool

Louis van Gaal has admitted that morale in the Old Trafford dressing room was so low that Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick took him aside and warned him that something had to change.

After a day spent basking in the glow of David de Gea's surprise new four-year contract deal, van Gaal faced tough questions about rumours of unrest at his press conference ahead of today's clash with Liverpool.

"I think I have a superb relationship with my players. It is very positive they are coming to me, it means they trust you. It is a repeated story from last year," he said.

"(Wayne) Rooney and (Michael) Carrick came to me and said the dressing room was flat, we are telling you this because we want to help you. I am a communicator so I go to the dressing (room), then we discuss a lot of aspects, what I can't say here but not what you've written," he said.

"I say things like I feel but also how it is. I can say only that I have a very good relationship with my players."

Van Gaal is considering a starting role for de Gea against Liverpool after a month watching last season's top player at Old Trafford sitting in the stands.

"It is logical now that his head is empty. He can focus on the game, this is different to previous weeks," he said.

"I believe a player has to want to play for a club. I'm very happy he has decided to stay. He was my best player last year. I never think, I have to make an analysis."

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