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Rafael: We are starting to understand van Gaal's philosophy


Manchester United defender Rafael says the players are finally starting to understand Louis van Gaal's philosophy.

The Red Devils were heavily criticised after losing 5-3 against Leicester City away from home but back-to-back home wins saw van Gaal's side move up to fourth in the table.

And the 24-year-old believes the Dutchman is the right man to bring silverware back to Old Trafford.

"In my opinion, something changed. We have new players in the squad. Manchester United signed a lot of players and we have a new manager as well," Rafael told Sky Sports News HQ.

"Season after season, things change and for us especially this year.

"All the coaching staff is new, and we have new team colleagues. Van Gaal always relies on his philosophy and now we are starting to understand this.

"I worked with Sir Alex Ferguson and other managers. Van Gaal is a strong coach who admires the right things. He asks for everyone to be on time for the activities; we can't be late.

"He likes to see us training hard. He has some differences, especially the philosophy, so we have to adapt to this.

"However, it is something right and the proof is the titles he has won.

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