Rafael fully believes Louis van Gaal‘s footballing philosophy is the right thing for Manchester United and although he trains the team hard, the Brazilian feels the titles he has won vindicate his methods.
Van Gaal has been very particular about how his training methods happened at United, to the point where he felt the exposed wind on Carrington’s training pitches could effect the team.
However, Rafael is happy to be part of Van Gaal’s squad and is looking forward to when it fully comes to fruition: “It’s completely different, different football philosophies, this is the biggest difference between them, but it is normal,” he said.
“Van Gaal is a strong coach. He admires the right things, he ask everybody to be on time for the activities, we can’t be late, he likes to see us training hard.
“So, he has some differences, especially the philosophy and we need to be adapted to this, however it’s something right and the proof is the titles that he won.”
Meticulous preparation is helping United’s discipline on the pitch but there will have been plenty more in training this week to help sure up United’s second half performances.
Despite some setbacks, Rafael is wholly confident the title is still within reach if United buck up their ideas from here on in.
“If we start to understand the way of playing, like we are doing, and when the results are positive, everything starts to run smoothly and for sure we have chances to win the title,” Rafael said.
“We will have three difficult games – against West Brom away, after this we face Chelsea, the actual leader, and then Manchester City in their stadium. These games will be very important for us.
“Against West Brom we need to be very focused as they are showing good performances, then we face Chelsea at home and City.
“We need to think about these three games and if we win we will be close to the leader, probably in second place, so we need to be positive and try to win these three matches.”