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Published: 15:57 | 15/12/15

Van Gaal not afraid to walk away

Dutchman would leave if he lost respect of players

Louis van Gaal insists that he would not attempt to remain as Manchester United manager were he to lose the respect of his players.

United are third in the Premier League but could exit the Champions League should they to fail to win away to Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.

Van Gaal’s men, though, are having a decent season domestically, currently third in the Premier League.

The Dutchman insists that his relationship with the players is strong but, were the situation to change, he says that he would not try to cling on to his job.

“The most important thing is the chemistry between players and staff,” van Gaal said, “and when I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best.

“But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits, and I have proved that already with my former clubs and former jobs.

"I always gave my clubs structure, and I think structure is very important in a club, but also in a company, everywhere.”

United will be without Wayne Rooney, who has sustained an ankle injury, against both West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday and Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

“It’s a nasty injury,” said van Gaal. “He shall not play his 500th game (for United) because he is more injured than I thought.

“His ankle is not good enough, and we have to recover that ankle with a lot of strength. He has to do a lot of exercises to make his ankle stronger. He needs more time.”

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