Cape Town - Louis van Gaal thinks winning the FA Cup at Manchester
United while under intense media pressure is his biggest achievement.
The Dutchman was brought into the club as successor to David
Moyes and led the club to a fourth-place finish in his first season in charge
before winning the FA Cup in his second.
Van Gaal was sacked at the end of his second season
immediately after winning the FA Cup and replaced in the Old Trafford hotseat
by Jose Mourinho.
And he is still unhappy that the United contacted Mourinho
while he was still at the club.
"What I don't like is (Ed) Woodward contacting my
successor, knowing in his mind he will replace me, and he keeps his mouth shut
for six months," Van Gaal told the BBC.
"Every Friday I had to go into press conferences and be
asked what I thought about the rumours. What does that do to the authority of
"To win the FA Cup when, for six months, the media has
a noose round my neck, is my biggest achievement.
"I spoke to Woodward the day after that game. His
argument was that I was only going to be there for one more year and Mourinho
would be there for three, four or five.
"I appreciate he hired a private plane to get me back
to Portugal, but his arguments were not good enough."