Louis van Gaal’s spell at Manchester United was hardly a time of free flowing football.
But the Dutchman has claimed he could have got Manchester United playing in the same style as runaway champions-elect Manchester City – if had he been given the time.
A bold claim indeed. The Dutchman may have won the FA Cup but only managed a fourth and fifth place finish in the Premier League before he was sacked, report Manchester Evening News.
But United fans could have missed out.
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Plenty of pundits, fans and players have described City’s style as the best ever seen in the Premier League and Van Gaal believes he could have brought that to Old Trafford.
“Pep Guardiola is for me currently the best coach of the Premiere League, ” he told German publication Bild. “Pep has made City a machine. He shows the style of football that I would have liked to play at Manchester United.
“But he has better players for it. For me, the process would have taken longer. Unfortunately, I did not get the time. ”
Van Gaal has finally buried the hatchet with current boss Jose Mourinho – but was less than complimentary about vice chairman Ed Woodward.
The pair were involved in a slanging match when the Portuguese coach took over at Old Trafford in 2016, with Van Gaal less than impressed with the circumstances surrounding his dismissal.
That being said, it appears the Dutchman is finally over it and says he’s not ‘disappointed’ with Mourinho.
“I am not disappointed with Jose Mourinho,” he told Sport Bild. “Every coach wants to train Manchester United, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I think Jose wanted that, too, and although he was able to do so in 13th place, he had a chance on a fantastic team like Chelsea. I was in fourth place! I still do not blame him. ”
The 66-year-old, who has all but retired from football, laid in to Woodward, saying he lied to him in the build up to his sacking.
“What I find wrong is when a CEO says we’re totally happy with you, do not believe the press. Then you win the FA Cup and still be fired.”