Former Manchester United winger Nani has criticised Louis van Gaal for treating the club’s players like “kids”.
Nani joined Man United in 2007 but he was deemed surplus to requirements by van Gaal and sold to Fenerbahce for £5m last summer following a loan spell at Sporting Lisbon.
The Portuguese, who has impressed in Turkey this term, slammed van Gaal in an interview with The Sunday Times.
“He and his assistant would shout at players like we were kids, like 18-year-olds,” Nani said.
“And I would think, ‘This is not the way to treat us because I am professional. I am training every day, and I am doing nothing wrong. It’s difficult to play football when somebody is saying ‘Come on! You must pass the ball like this, blah, blah, blah.’ It’s crazy, because football is instinct and decision. It’s what you see.”
Van Gaal has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal but his negative tactics seem to have suffocated his players over the course of the campaign.
United managed only one shot on target in the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last time out and their overall record this season in that respect is one of the lowest in the league. United as a club have built themselves on rich, attacking football in years gone by and van Gaal has to leave for going against those traditions.