Dutchman was dismissed in acrimonious circumstances just hours after leading Red Devils to FA Cup glory in 2016
LOUIS VAN GAAL has slammed Manchester United over his “humiliating” sacking and described it as the “biggest disappointment of my life”.
The Dutchman was dismissed just hours after leading the Red Devils to FA Cup glory over Crystal Palace in 2016 — the first major trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
And he admits his treatment by the United board left a bitter taste in his mouth.
Van Gaal told AD: “United put my head in a noose and I was publicly placed on the gallows.
“The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and they went right behind my back.
“I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January.”
The former Ajax and Barcelona boss believes a combination of criticism from the likes of Gary Neville and Paul Scholes and the sacking of Jose Mourinho undermined his final six months in charge.
He added: “Suddenly former players started to yap in the media that we were playing boring football and Mourinho’s sacking made it very attractive for everyone to keep bashing me.”
Van Gaal insists he would have been happy to pave the way for his former assistant at Barcelona, had he been aware of United’s interest.
And he reveals he only wanted to stay for two years, with the club wanting him to sign on for three.
He admitted: “I do understand that choice of United to get Mourinho.
“I never wanted more than two years anyway — Man United wanted three years.
“Suddenly, Mourinho was out after one-and-a-half years of my contract and I knew United wanted him one day.
“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.”
LVG also insisted that finding out he was being sacked via the media was a bitter pill to swallow.
And he made certain to force United into paying as much as possible to dismiss him.
He blasted: “They told me only after it was leaked out and it was the biggest disappointment of my life.
“They could have saved the last year of my salary by doing that but after what happened I made them pay every penny.”
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