• Fellaini: This is the big difference between Mourinho and Van Gaal

    Fellaini: This is the big difference between Mourinho and Van Gaal

    Marouane Fellaini believes Louis van Gaal is a much stricter manager than Jose Mourinho.

    The Portuguese coach replaced the Dutchman at Old Trafford in the summer after Manchester United finished outside the top four.

    Mourinho has since guided United to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, although their league form has been patchy so far with the club lying in sixth.

    But Fellaini is confident he’s the right man for the job and believes his less strict approach can be beneficial.

    ‘I think the […]

  • Ryan Giggs admits life at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal was ‘frustrating’

    Ryan Giggs admits life at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal was ‘frustrating’

    Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs admits it was sometimes a frustrating experience working as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

     

    The Welshman left the club in the summer, shortly after Van Gaal’s sacking saw him replaced with Jose Mourinho in the managerial hot seat.

    Giggs spent two years working under the Dutchman, and while he said there were positive sides to the job, he also felt frustrated at some of his ideas being overlooked.

    ‘It’s not about biting your lip,’ […]

  • Jose Mourinho wants more time, ‘blames issues on Van Gaal, Moyes’

    Jose Mourinho wants more time, ‘blames issues on Van Gaal, Moyes’

    Jose Mourinho believes he needs at least two transfer windows to ‘return Manchester United’s squad to a level expected of the club’.

    According to the Daily Record, the manager has been left ‘concerned’ by the current standard of his players.

    Duncan Castles writes that the Portuguese finds the squad he has inherited from Louis van Gaal ‘unfit for purpose’, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor David Moyes also apportioned some of the blame.

    Mourinho has questioned how the players those two have signed cannot […]

  • ‘Van Gaal signed rubbish at Manchester United!’

    ‘Van Gaal signed rubbish at Manchester United!’

    Eamon Dunphy has lambasted the previous regime at Old Trafford, claiming Champions League football is unlikely next season.

    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Eamon Dunphy has criticised Manchester United’s transfer business under former boss Louis Van Gaal.

    Van Gaal was sacked by United in the summer after finishing fifth in the Premier League last term.

    During his two-year spell in charge, the Dutchman spent over £200 million attempting to re-establish the Red Devils as a European force.

    While Dunphy believes the club are in […]

  • REVEALED: Mourinho’s Manchester United start worse than Van Gaal, Moyes

    REVEALED: Mourinho’s Manchester United start worse than Van Gaal, Moyes

    Jose Mourinho has had a worse start to the season than either of the other managers who followed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United — David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

    Mourinho’s men suffered a 2-1 defeat at Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday, as United’s problems went on in the wake of Ferguson’s departure as manager in 2013.

    The Portuguese has won eight, drawn three and lost five of his 16 matches in charge as United manager so far. That […]

  • Louis van Gaal forced me to retire, reveals Ryan Giggs

    Louis van Gaal forced me to retire, reveals Ryan Giggs

    Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed that it was Louis van Gaal who told him he had to retire.

    The Welshman finally hung up his boots in 2014 and became the Dutchman’s assistant manager at Old Trafford, but admits this move came about in slightly strange circumstances.

    Giggs met with Van Gaal soon after he replaced David Moyes as full-time United boss, and it was quickly decided that the former winger would join him on his coaching staff.

    However, LVG was adamant […]

  • I rejected Manchester United under Louis van Gaal – Ibrahimovic

    I rejected Manchester United under Louis van Gaal – Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he was not keen on a move to Manchester United a year ago — but the arrival of Jose Mourinho at the club changed his thinking.

    United went on to finish fifth last season under previous manager Louis van Gaal, meaning the club are not in the Champions League this season, but Mourinho still managed to persuade the Swedish striker to change his mind.

    Ibrahimovic said: “There were talks about me coming to United one year ago, […]

  • Pique: Van Gaal pushed me and threw me to the floor… he destroyed me!

    Pique: Van Gaal pushed me and threw me to the floor… he destroyed me!

    The defender has opened up about how he struggled to cope under the Dutchman’s stewardship, revealing he was told he was not “strong enough” to play for Barcelona.

    Gerard Pique has revealed Louis van Gaal once told him he was not “strong enough” to play for Barcelona.

    Pique was emerging through the Blaugrana’s youth ranks when he claims that then-first-team boss Van Gaal pushed him to the floor and insisted he would not make the grade at the club.

    Speaking to TV3 , […]

  • Louis van Gaal responsible for Netherlands crisis – Mark van Bommel

    Louis van Gaal responsible for Netherlands crisis – Mark van Bommel

    Former Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel has warned his nation are “going through a real crisis” and blames Louis van Gaal for the situation.

    PSV Eindhoven youth coach Van Bommel won 79 caps for the Oranje and was part of the side that reached the 2010 World Cup final.

    But although Van Gaal guided the country to the semifinals in Brazil four years later, Van Bommel says the decline of Dutch football had already been set in motion.

    “I think France-Netherlands in March […]

  • Man Utd star takes swipe at Van Gaal while praising Mourinho effect

    Man Utd star takes swipe at Van Gaal while praising Mourinho effect

    Ander Herrera has thanked Jose Mourinho for helping him earn a call-up to Spain’s squad while also taking a dig at former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

    The Spaniard was called up to his national side by new boss Julen Lopetegui, although he sat on the bench during their 1-1 draw with Italy.

    After the match, Herrera was quick to praise Mourinho’s impact at Old Trafford and the freedom he’s added to everyone at the club.

    ‘Mourinho gives you more freedom as […]

  • Mourinho’s Man Utd WORSE off than Van Gaal’s

    Mourinho’s Man Utd WORSE off than Van Gaal’s

    A stuttering start to the season has seen the Portuguese’s men pick up three points less than his Dutch predecessor’s after seven games.

    Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Sunday means they have collected only 13 points from their first seven Premier League games – three less than Louis van Gaal’s side last season.

    Consecutive losses to first Manchester City and then Watford in September had seen them fall off the pace, though Jose Mourinho’s men responded in style by […]