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Kevin Davies: Manchester United players 'don't look happy' under Louis van Gaal


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Kevin Davies suspects Manchester United's players are not enjoying life under Louis van Gaal and has been unimpressed by their style of play.

United visit Davies' Preston on Monday in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and the veteran striker did not pull any punches in his assessment of Van Gaal's side.

Although United have lost only one of their last 18 games, they have not been convincing and a jibe by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce about the number of long balls they have been playing hit a nerve.

Van Gaal hit back by presenting the press with a detailed analysis of their passing statistics but Davies feels all is not well at Old Trafford.

"I've got quite a few friends who were at the game last night," said the 37-year-old of United's battling 3-1 win over Burnley.

"Obviously they're pleased to be back in amongst the Champions League but there have been a few boos about the long balls and the style of play has not been great.

"In terms of watching them, I don't think they're as exciting as they used to be but, when you lose someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, it's always going to take time.

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"Just looking at one or two of the players, like (Robin) Van Persie scoring last night, no real smile, he didn't look particularly happy. Wayne Rooney playing a bit deeper.

"It's probably different to what those players are used to. Players don't particularly like change anyway but a new manager comes in, new ways, are they enjoying it as much as they used to? I don't get that impression from the players."

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