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Published: 09:33 | 12/1/16

Van Gaal wants more feedback

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is looking for more feedback from his players as they look to put their worst run of results in 26 years behind them.

United ended a run of eight games without a win by beating Swansea last weekend which has eased some of the pressure on the Dutchman.

However, he knows that an early FA Cup exit at the hands of League One Sheffield United today will see the critics round on him once again and he wants his players to be more critical of each other in an effort to improve performance levels.

Although he says he is keen to foster a strong team spirit in the dressing room, Van Gaal believes that things may be a little too cosy at times.

"I think the atmosphere in our dressing room is very good. Maybe too good because they are always protecting the dressing room, their colleagues," he said.

"That is very good, until a certain point."

He revealed that a change in on-field tactics and dressing room approach will now make things more democratic, with more input expected from each player.

"We have also changed our approach to the players to make it more easier to take responsibility," he added.

"I have stimulated them to think about football. The game is a brain sport and now you can let them think with you and therefore you can change your approach and so the players take the commitment for example for the game plan and other kinds of decisions and then the commitment is higher and bigger I think.

"But we have to see how it shall work."

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