London: Louis van Gaal says his decision to listen to the demands of his Manchester United players proves he is not a dictator.

Louis Van Gaal
Louis Van Gaal 

After accusations of rifts and a player mutiny in the Old Trafford dressing room, United manager van Gaal came out fighting at his weekly press conference on Friday ahead of Saturday's clash against Liverpool.

The 64-year-old admitted Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick came to him after the opening match of the season against Tottenham to air their concerns about morale within a squad frustrated by his man-management methods and training techniques.

"It's a positive thing that the players are coming to me and not only Carrick or Rooney, other players," Van Gaal said.

"But now it was Carrick and Rooney and that was alarming for me because they are the captains. That's why I went to the dressing room. But all the players are communicating with me. They are coming to my office. Believe me, it is like that. I am not a dictator — I am a communicator."