Louis van Gaal has hit out at the Manchester United Management after he was not informed of Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Old Trafford earlier. The Dutchman was axed from his managerial role just 48 hours after United’s FA Cup triumph in 2016.
In an interview with Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad, Van Gaal insisted that he had no prior knowledge of Mourinho’s arrival, and he would have sacrificed his salary, had this been the case. He added that the club’s actions did not go well with him, and he decided to demand every penny of the £8.4m sum paid to him and his coaches.
He said: “The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and they went right behind my back,” said Van Gaal. I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January.”
“United did not discuss this with me. If they had come to me with the Mourinho plan then I could have said ‘OK, let’s give it everything for the last six months, complete commitment to each other and the team and then Jose Mourinho can take over’. They could have saved the last year of my salary by doing that but after what happened I made them pay every penny.”
Jose Mourinho has since done a good job at Old Trafford, guiding the club to an EFL Cup and Europa League double last season. Manchester United are currently top of the Premier League standings with 10 points after the first four games of the season.