United boss believes in socks equality

Published: 12th March 2015

United boss believes in socks equality

If Manchester United end this season trophyless it won't be for want of team bonding.

That prospect became a virtual certainty after the recent FA Cup exit against Arsenal - unless they can make up a 10 point-gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Manager Louis Van Gaal likes his players to do most things the same on and off the field - even wearing the same football socks .

The 63-year-old Dutch disciplinarian also prefers his squad to speak the same language (English, naturally), eat meals together and wear identical clothes - not just socks.

His former Bayern Munich players recall Van Gaal making them sit bolt upright when eating at the table and yanking anyone who didn't sit up in their chair.

He has since introduced fines of £1,000 for latecomers to lunch or training sessions at United.

But, with only 10 league games remaining, it seems that whatever approach Van Gaal attempts, it won't be enough to overhaul Chelsea.

If Manchester United end this season trophyless it won't be for want of team bonding.
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