The Dutch coach ended his discriminated coaching career with a two-year pole at Old Trafford. Winning the FA Cup in 2016 – before being dismissed two days later.
“with my head in a noose”
Louis van Gaal says that he worked “with my head in a noose” for six months at Red Devils. And that his spouse Truus warned him that the club was working to fire him. The Dutch coach ended his discriminated coaching career with a two-year pole at Old Trafford, winning the FA Cup in 2016 – before being dismissed two days later. Van Gaal says he initially did not understand what United was up to, but his wife Truus saw through Ed Woodward’s targets. “The toughest thing was trying to survive as a Manchester United boss when I had my head in a noose for six months,” Louis told reporters. “From January to the end of the season, my wife Truus warned me. She’s a woman – and a woman has an instinct for such things.
Van Gaal believes that his replacement should have apologised
“I didn’t see what Woodward was planning, but women have different qualities than men. I didn’t feel that they were up to something.” I was wholly convinced that I could see my contract and spend the third season at United. And that was the biggest surprise in my life when Woodward fired me. “Before that, I encountered resistance inside other clubs and federations. But that was nothing compared to what I had to put up with at Man Utd. “At Barcelona, I left because I was loyal to the president. I waved away £5 million. But my principles were more important for United – I achieved a lot there.” After the removal of Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho replaced. Previously, the couple worked together at Barcelona, but the Dutchman believes that his replacement should have apologized for what happened.
“In my opinion, it was Mourinho who should talk about what happened – if he were ready for this,” he added. “But Mourinho does not have to call me anymore. I stayed with my head in a noose, waiting for the hang all this time after January. “But I still maintained the confidence of the players, so I’m proud”. What I achieved at Man Utd, I think, is the most significant performance in my entire career. “And, for more than one campaign, I see that my work at United is more than anything else”. We won the FA Cup with ten men in extra time at Wembley. The FA Cup is the most prestigious national cup competition in the world, so I was very proud to win it.”