English Premiership

Van Gaal: For six months I had a 'noose round my neck'

2019-03-27 15:01
Louis Van Gaal (Getty Images)

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 the coach?

"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."

 

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