Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

Former Germany striker Miroslav Klose has revealed that he had a tough time playing under current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich.

Klose managed a total of 60 matches for the Bavarians while Van Gaal was in charge, scoring only 12 goals.

The 36-year-old doesn't have particularly fond memories of life under the then-Bayern Munich boss, insisting that he was somehow unable to make himself feel at home under the Dutch manager.


"It was a tough time, particularly working with Van Gaal", Klose told German daily Die Zeit.


"I didn't feel free. It was very difficult for me to fulfil his expectations.

"He was asking me to make runs I just couldn't see. I gave it all I could, but sometimes it just wasn't enough."

However, Klose pointed to the fans for having lifted him up from the difficult situation, taking inspiration from their support.

"The support from the fans was always important for me.

"We as footballers are meant to excite the fans, but for me it worked in the other direction. Maybe that is why I was able to play without any worries."

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