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Louis van Gaal’s ‘strict’ playing style savaged by Morgan Schneiderlin

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Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has hit out against his old manager Louis Van Gaal, claiming the Dutchman restricted his creativity on the pitch.

Van Gaal signed Schneiderlin in 2015 for £20million but says he moved to Old Trafford for the prestige of the club, not the manager. 

Schneiderlin said Van Gaal’s ‘strict’ coaching style prevented him from playing with his ‘gut’ and in turn damaged his confidence. Subsequently, the midfielder left United just 18 months after signing, having only made 32 league appearances and provided one goal. 

Morgan Schneiderlin has hit out against his former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal

 Morgan Schneiderlin has hit out against his former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal

Schneiderlin claims Van Gaal's coaching style was too 'strict' and restricted their freedom

Schneiderlin claims Van Gaal’s coaching style was too ‘strict’ and restricted their freedom

Speaking of his decision to join Manchester United, Schneiderlin explained how he spoke with Van Gaal but it was in fact the appeal of the club that made him put pen to paper.

He told The Athletic: ‘He [Van Gaal] wanted me too but we had less connection on the phone. So I signed more for the football club, Manchester United, than the manager.’  

The 30-year-old later admitted that Van Gaal’s tactical instructions were too restrictive, and ultimately prevented United from playing with freedom. 

He said United played with a ‘style which was too strict. We were told: “When you have the ball you have to do this” instead of playing with my gut like I had done with Pochettino and Koeman. 

Schneiderlin says Van Gaal damaged his confidence and the he was unable to listen to his gut

Schneiderlin says Van Gaal damaged his confidence and the he was unable to listen to his gut

Schneiderlin used to complain to his wife about his lack of freedom and says it still hurts now

Schneiderlin used to complain to his wife about his lack of freedom and says it still hurts now

‘The worse thing for a football player is when you think too much. I started to think: “Ah, the manager wants me to do this” You lose your instinct, your start to force things, you miss passes, you arrive too late for a challenge. Your confidence goes down.’

Despite being regularly selected under Van Gaal, Schneiderlin – along with the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian – failed to hit the heights expected of him under the Dutchman’s leadership.   

The Frenchman, however, has refused to take responsibility for his performances and has instead pointed the blame at Van Gaal.  

‘I would play a very good game and then a very bad game. I wasn’t confident enough. I started to complain to my wife. It hurts me even now that I couldn’t play freely at United,’ he said.

‘The pressure of the club was no problem to me. I like pressure, I need pressure and adrenaline. The fans were good to me in the street. The problem was me because I knew I had so much to give but I couldn’t give it because I felt restricted.’

‘Looking back, I shouldn’t have been so upset, but at the time that’s how it was. You had to wait until the manager told you that you could eat. These things work when the players are 19 and 20, but not when you have older players.’

Schneiderlin left Manchester United for Everton 18 months after signing in 2015 for £20m

 Schneiderlin left Manchester United for Everton 18 months after signing in 2015 for £20m

He has since joined Nice after making 88 appearances and scoring one goal for the Toffees

 He has since joined Nice after making 88 appearances and scoring one goal for the Toffees

Following Van Gaal’s dismissal, Schneiderlin was allowed to leave United to join Everton in January for £20m by his successor Jose Mourinho.   

Schneiderlin has, however, now left Everton for Nice in a deal worth £2million just three years after he arrived at Goodison Park. 

Schneiderlin made 88 appearances and scored just one goal for the Toffees during his time at the club. 

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UFC 254 LIVE REACTION: Khabib ‘had suffered BROKEN foot and toes’ weeks before win, RETIRES in shock

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KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has shockingly RETIRED from UFC after defeating Justin Gaethje by submission at UFC 254.

Khabib went to 29-0, and after paying an emotional tribute to his late father he said that he will now retire from the UFC.

  • Khabib won by a triangle choke in the second round
  • His UFC lightweight title was on the line

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UFC 254: Cristiano Ronaldo, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones lead Khabib Nurmagomedov tributes after Justin Gaethje victory

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THE tributes poured in after Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Justin Gaethje and announced his shock retirement.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones were among those all to congratulate the lightweight king.

Cristiano Ronaldo backed Khabib Nurmagomedov to win at UFC 254

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Cristiano Ronaldo backed Khabib Nurmagomedov to win at UFC 254Credit: instagram

Nurmagomedov, 32, submitted Gaethje, 31, with a triangle choke in the second round.

Afterwards, Nurmagomedov – who fought for the first time since the death of his father – confirmed it would be his final fight.

McGregor, 32, tweeted: “Good performance @TeamKhabib.

“I will carry on. Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family. Yours sincerely, The McGregors.”

Jones, 33, said: “I want to congratulate Khabib for an outstanding career.

“I know he made his father along with millions of fans around the world incredibly proud today. May God continue to bless him on his journey.”

Ronaldo, who predicted Khabib would win, wrote on Instagram: “Congrats bro! Your father is proud of you.”

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Khabib was left in tears after beating Gaethje, as he dedicated the win to his dad Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 due to coronavirus in July.

But he is unable to fight on without his influential father and mentor, who he had trained with since the age of eight.

Nurmagomedov said: “Today, I want to say this is my last fight.

“When UFC called me about Justin, I spoke with my mother and I said I wouldn’t fight without father.

“And if I give my word, then I must follow it. UFC must make me No1 pound for pound fighter in the world, because I deserve it.

“I want to say thank you to Lorenzo and Dana. All this UFC team, everybody, they made a great show.

“Thank you to Justin, thank you brother. I know how you take care of your people.

“One day something will happen for you, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. Today is my last fight here in the UFC.”

Khabib tapped Justin Gaethje out with a choke

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Khabib tapped Justin Gaethje out with a choke
Nurmagomedov was left in tears after retaining his title

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Nurmagomedov was left in tears after retaining his title Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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DANNY MURPHY: Reckless Jordan Pickford should not play Southampton

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I don’t think Jordan Pickford should be playing at Southampton on Sunday while Virgil van Dijk is starting a long rehab. 

It’s not personal against Pickford — and I’ll take this opportunity right off the bat to totally condemn the trolling and abuse he’s received — but my belief is that any bad tackle or dangerous play should always be punished, whether on the day or retrospectively.

It sends out the right message to the whole football community that you shouldn’t get away with anything reckless. And that goes for any player who made the challenge Pickford did. 

Virgil van Dijk suffered cruciate ligament injury last weekend after Jordan Pickford's tackle

Virgil van Dijk suffered cruciate ligament injury last weekend after Jordan Pickford’s tackle

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Pickford should not be facing his side on Sunday

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Pickford should not be facing his side on Sunday

He didn’t mean to put Van Dijk out of action for months but it was a dreadful intervention and I can’t understand for the life of me why he has escaped any sanction.  

In fact, not giving him a three-match ban has been detrimental to Pickford himself because the sense of injustice — the authorities have not done their job — has put him in the firing line.

It’s a difficult one for Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose job is to look after the welfare of his players rather than police the whole of football. 

Pickford has come under scrutiny for his challenge which left Van Dijk needing knee surgery

Pickford has come under scrutiny for his challenge which left Van Dijk needing knee surgery 

He has said he will play Pickford on Sunday and I am sure the player himself wants that because, in difficult situations, being on the pitch is the one place you can feel most peaceful, particularly without fans in the stadium.

As a manager, I might have been tempted to leave Pickford out just so he could escape scrutiny and spend time with his family. But the truth is the decision shouldn’t have been left up to Ancelotti. If the referee missed the incident on the day, they should have reviewed it and given an immediate three-match ban. 

Bielsa a perfect fit 

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds are a perfect fit. He must feel a tremendous sense of pride in the way Leeds United have achieved success, not just getting promoted and making such a fine start to the Premier League, but how they’ve done it.

A significant part of the squad were already at Elland Road when he arrived and he has been able to improve them. That must give him real satisfaction and, given he’s been well backed and well supported by the club, I’m sure he’s not consciously looking for the next step now his stock is high. 

At the same time, it would be naive to think the biggest clubs aren’t looking at what Bielsa is doing and being impressed. The style he has imposed on this Leeds team, which we saw in Friday night’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa, is something you could transfer to clubs who are more established. 

Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa are a perfect fit, but could Manchester City come knocking?

Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa are a perfect fit, but could Manchester City come knocking?

The high tempo Leeds play at and the fitness that requires is more similar to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool than Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and the way he has dealt with someone like hat-trick hero Patrick Bamford shows Bielsa is all about finding the right role for a player.

If Guardiola leaves at the end of his contract next summer, would City consider Bielsa when they could go after any manager in the world? He would be a contender. His age, 65, and unorthodox approach might be seen as taking a risk but his experience of the Premier League this season would put him on the list. 

The style he has imposed on this Leeds team is something he could transfer elsewhere

The style he has imposed on this Leeds team is something he could transfer elsewhere

Bamford has proven the doubters wrong and the way they coped without Kalvin Phillips in midfield is testimony to how Bielsa’s system is so understood by the whole squad. 

It is another similarity with Klopp, who can rotate his midfield between Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Thiago, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the team still plays the same way. 

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