Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that his players are indeed revolting, blaming successive Glaswegian managers before him for the lax hygiene standards.
The Dutchman, clean as a whistle, was responding to a story in The Times about senior Red Devils stars questioning his training methods when he let slip with the revealing, lost-in-translation gaffe.
When asked if his players were in fact revolting, van Gaal presented the gathered press with a collection of Wayne Rooney’s toenail clippings that had been left in the club canteen.
He said: “As you can see, I need three plastic zip-lock bags to carry them all around in. That’s a lot of clippings.
“You think that’s bad? You should see how Phil Jones leaves the toilet after a jalfrezi.
“I keep telling him not to eat the chillies whole, but does he listen?
“Does he ass.”