The post-Sir Alex Ferguson era at Manchester United has been tumultuous, to say the least. After having the same manager for 25 years, there have been three managerial changes in as many as 5 years.
One of those changes saw a certain Dutchman, Louis van Gaal arrive at Old Trafford with a lot of hope and anticipation.
LVG came in with a lot of confidence and there was an atmosphere of optimism at the Theatre of Dreams.
He always maintained a good relationship with the fans and ” Louis van Gaal’s Red Army” became a popular chant around Old Trafford pretty soon.
However, some recent comments of LVG are not going to please the United faithful. According to one of his interviews, he wishes to ‘get one over’ Manchester United.
Van Gaal’s years at Old Trafford:
LVG spent two years at United and helped them qualify for the Champions League.
Although after a lacklustre campaign in both the Premier League and the Champions League, the experienced Dutchman was sacked even after winning the FA Cup in his last match as Manchester United Manager.
While talking to The Mirror, LVG was asked whether he will return to management. To which he answered:
“I will probably not manage a club anymore. I would make one exception – if a big English club comes for me, then I would do it. Because then I can get the chance to get one over on Manchester United.”
van Gaal is said to be unhappy about his unceremonious departure from United and accuses the Board to have slotted in Jose Mourinho as his replacement while he was still in his job.
Ed Woodward mishandled the issue:
Louis Van Gaal: "I would rather watch City play than United. What United produce now is defensive football. I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition were always parking the bus. They don’t do that now because Mourinho plays so defensive." pic.twitter.com/NJy6jvkM6t
— City Watch (@City_Watch) December 11, 2017
He blames Ed Woodward (Man Utd executive vice-chairman) for mishandling of the issue and says “Woodward should have come to me and we could have worked on that.”
LVG further clarifies ” I have nothing against Jose”. Mourinho had previously worked under LVG as his assistant at Barcelona and they share a good relationship with each other.
Though an imminent return to the Premier League looks unlikely for van Gaal, his comments are surely going to upset a section of the United supporters who stuck by him through thick and thin.
Looks like van Gaal does not wish to march alongside “Louis van Gaal’s Red Army” anymore.