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Van gaal: why Rant and Rave?

Louis van Gaal believes other Premier League managers are wasting their time by shouting and bawling at their players from the touchline.

Unlike his contemporaries - and one of his most famous predecessors, Sir Alex Ferguson (above right) - the Manchester United boss prefers to relay messages to his players through his assistant Ryan Giggs, who can be seen on the edge of the technical area at Old Trafford.

Not once has van Gaal appeared on the touchline, home or away, this season.

That has come as something of a surprise to United fans, but the Dutchman insists it would be a waste of time if he ranted at his team from the side of the pitch.

"I don't see any influence from me when I am there shouting," he said before last night's 3-1 win over Newcastle. "They are not understanding you.

"With the fans in the Premier League shouting so much, they can't understand you.

"That's why I'm always on the bench. You have trained them to read the game by themselves all week.

"It is much more important that they are more involved with the game, that they make their own decisions. It is like a child - you educate them."

Van Gaal's Boxing Day opponents, Newcastle's Alan Pardew, is one of the most vocal managers from the touchline. Pardew's passion has boiled over into anger at times, which has been costly for the Magpies boss.

Last season, he was banned for seven matches for headbutting Hull's David Meyler just two months after he was warned about his conduct following a foul-mouthed pitch-side tirade towards Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Pardew has endured a number of spats with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and also received a two-match ban for pushing linesman Peter Kirkup two years ago.

"I have never had a fight," van Gaal said. "I only use my voice - never my hands or something like that."

Van Gaal refused to discuss rumours that United could let 19-year-old Belgian Adnan Januzaj go out on loan when the transfer window opens on Jan 1.

"I can't discuss that with you," van Gaal told the media. "You are not the CEO (chief executive, Ed Woodward)." - PA Sport.