Louis van Gaal was given a warm reception by travelling Manchester United fans as he attended his first game since being sacked by the club in May 2016.
Van Gaal was a pundit on Dutch TV for Man United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
And United’s away support brought out the “Louis van Gaal‘s red army” chant for the first time in some months to welcome the Dutchman to the ground.
— Fred The Red (@redfreddevil) October 14, 2017
Van Gaal was also given a good reception as he left pitchside for Anfield’s inner chambers, and took pictures with grateful United fans.
Utd fans at Anfield to LvG #Class
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After winning the Reds the FA Cup in May 2016, some sections of United’s support booed their manager as he went to lift the trophy, an act other fans were disgusted by.
While van Gaal had failed in many aspects, he had won United’s first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club and United’s support is better than that. This went some lengths to making up for that. Many other clubs would not give a former-manager that kind of respect.
It’s the respect that van Gaal, one of the great manager’s of the last two decades in football, though not at United, deserves, particularly given the respect he showed United’s support while manager and since he’s left.
“I have great memories and my relationship with all the staff and fans was great during my time at United,” van Gaal. “You can see the reaction here. We had some good moments together.”