Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed how he’s prepared his side to deal with the hostile atmosphere against Liverpool at Anfield, reports the Daily Express.
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The Dutchman is wary of the Merseyside club’s vociferous supporters and has been refereeing their training matches in such a way to help his squad to learn to deal with controlling their emotions. Most of the Red Devils have played at the Reds’ ground before, so it will not be a new experience for them.
The 63-year-old said: “I’ve mentioned that [the atmosphere] to the players. And I’ve refereed the games we have on the training pitch and I’ve whistled in a way they have to control their aggression, for example, to prepare them for the atmosphere. I’ve mentioned all this to the players after lunch, because controlling your emotion is also a talent.”
United go in to fixture knowing a defeat will leave them outside the Premier League top four and facing an uphill struggle to get in to next season’s Champions League. Big matches against Arsenal and Chelsea are also on the horizon, meaning that the any momentum gained versus Liverpool could be vital.