Louis van Gaal has attacked Jose Mourinho for the way he was replaced by the Portuguese at Manchester United in 2016.
The Dutchman was in attendance at Anfield for Man United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool, and slammed Mourinho for his actions on Dutch TV as a pundit.
Van Gaal was sacked very soon after lifting the FA Cup with United, the Reds’ first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Rumours of his exit came out moments after the final whistle in the FA Cup Final.
Mourinho as his replacement was announced soon after.
“How I have suspected it, the way his transfer as a manager to Manchester United went was not elegant at all,” van Gaal. “That resulted in my sacking.”
“In principle, he (Mourinho) is not a bad guy. He can be sympathetic and he was this way when he was my assistant in the past.
‘But he lets himself go out of control too often.”
United, a club once known for acting in a classy manner, did no justice to themselves by sacking van Gaal in the way they did.
Rumours should not have leaked that the Dutchman was to be sacked while fans were still in the stadium celebrating a record-equalling 12th FA Cup win.
Inside the stadium, a weird atmosphere was created, and not one of euphoria that there should be after a cup win.
However, whether Mourinho himself is at fault for that is unknown and unlikely. Mourinho was available for some months before, though, and may have been making himself available in an unsubtle fashion to United officials in those months while van Gaal struggled at Old Trafford.