Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has dismissed claims that Louis van Gaal dislikes Latin players, insisting "he never makes a distinction."
Van Gaal clashed with South American duo Rivaldo and Juan Roman Riquelme during his time at Barcelona, while Brazilian duo Rafael and Anderson, as well as Argentina international Angel Di Maria, all fell out of favour with the United boss last term, with the trio having since departed during the recent transfer window.
Rojo was limited to just 22 Premier League appearances under Van Gaal in his debut season at Old Trafford after a dislocated shoulder had laid him low for a spell midway through the 2014/15 campaign.
The Argentina international featured in his country's run to the 2015 Copa America final, but has yet to even make the matchday squad for the Red Devils this season.
However, Rojo insists there is no preferential treatment on the part of Van Gaal, telling Fox Sports Argentina: "Perhaps that is the feeling people have from outside but I've been there, with Falcao, [Antonio] Valencia, Angel [Di Maria] – he treated everyone the same.
"In some cases, with [former Barcelona midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme] and with Angel, it was noticeable that he had half a short fuse. But I think he is a great person. He never makes a distinction. He doesn't give any preference to the Europeans."
The 26-year-old, who was signed from Sporting CP in August 2014, says the Dutchman's robust nature takes some getting used to, but revealed they often have amicable discussions.
Rojo added: "He has a strong personality but he is a great person. He's got that look – a little bit of a dog. It's scary but when you know him and you are there with him on a daily basis, everything is well, provided you obey.
"He is a great person, he understands you, he listens. He speaks a bit of Spanish so very often he gets me to his office for a chat."