Louis van Gaal gave his Manchester United flops the hairdryer treatment in a lengthy training ground rant on Monday.
The Dutch boss picked out Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind for special treatment following the 3-0 loss to Everton the previous day.
Manager Van Gaal was livid after the defeat – and was still furious the next day, when the Red Devils’ squad gathered at Carrington.
MirrorSport understands Ecuador ace Valencia and Dutch midfielder Blind were subjected to particularly harsh criticism by Van Gaal.
He slammed the pair for tactical naivety and poor defensive displays, which proved costly at Goodison Park as United fell to a second successive league defeat having gone down 1-0 at Chelsea eight days earlier.
Valencia and Blind were both at fault as Everton broke before James McCarthy opened the scoring in the fifth minute.
Then, Valencia failed to pick up John Stones, who was unmarked to head in at a near post corner, and the South American completed a miserable afternoon by stopping to appeal in vain for offside, allowing Kevin Mirallas a clear run on goal for the third.
An upset Valencia also reportedly turned up over two hours late on Monday afternoon to meet competition winners from United’s ‘Social Casino’ partner.
The players due to attend were Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Radamel Falcao, but it was Falcao, Valencia and Victor Valdes who actually appeared.
Valencia was the last to arrive at the function in the Treble Suite and also left quickly, through he did pose for photographs and signed memorabilia.
Van Gaal has also gone into battle with the club’s commercial department – and appears to have won after criticising United’s last pre-season tour.
A then newly-appointed Van Gaal was unhappy with a gruelling three-week, five-game schedule in America last summer, believing it was too much for his players.
The Dutchman felt he did not have enough time to work with the squad he had inherited from David Moyes as he tried to instill his famed ‘philosophy’ – and United subsequently made their worst start to a season since 1985.
He made his feelings known to United’s money men and this summer’s US tour is shorter, with four games in just 13 days.
After kicking off against Mexico City side Club America in Seattle on July 17, they play MLS team San Jose Earthquakes four days later and Spanish giants Barcelona at Levi’s Stadium near San Francisco on July 25 before the tour finishes against Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago on July 29.
The first three games are on the West Coast and the last in the Mid-West, compared to last summer’s hectic coast-to-coast schedule that began in Los Angeles, then took the squad to Denver, Washington DC, Ann Arbor in Michigan and Miami.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor