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Van Gaal's Comments Post-United Sack Are Frighteningly Similar To Mourinho's Situation

Van Gaal's Comments Post-United Sack Are Frighteningly Similar To Mourinho's Situation

Despite winning the FA Cup with Manchester United in 2016, Louis van Gaal's reign at the club came to an end.

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For the 67-year-old Dutch manager, he was on borrowed time at the Red Devils and José Mourinho was being targeted as his long-term successor.

If we fast-forward to 2018, the Special One finds his future at the club hanging in the balance and Zinedine Zidane is heavily linked with replacing him.

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Credit: PA

In fact, there are reports about the current United boss potentially getting sacked this weekend, irrespective of the result against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Van Gaal's comments after he was sacked are frighteningly similar to where the former Chelsea manager is at with the club.

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"United put my head in a noose and I was publicly placed on the gallows," he said (via the Daily Mirror).

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Credit: PA

"The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and they went right behind my back.

"I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January.

"My wife, Truus, told me that the attitude of the board had changed. Women have this intuition. They smell it.

"I denied it, even to my wife, because between me as a manager and the chief executive Ed Woodward, everything was running as normal."

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Credit: PA

Mourinho took over from Van Gaal as manager in 2016 and won the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League in his first season.

"I never wanted more than two years anyway," Van Gaal explained. "Man United wanted three years.

"Suddenly, Mourinho was out after one-and-a-half years of my contract and I knew United wanted him one day.

"They told me only after it was leaked out and it was the biggest disappointment of my life."





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Topics: Football News, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Football, Manchester United

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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