Louis Van Gaal is adamant he never thought he was getting sacked at Manchester United, even when those closest to him warned him.
No manager ever gets sacked and turns around and says thanks to the club for doing so. They may thank the fans and the players, but there is usually some bitterness somewhere.
Van Gaal is more hurt at the way he was treated, than bitter.
The Dutch legend insists even after his wife warned him, he simply did not see it. He felt his achievements were some of the best in his career.
“From January until the end of the season, my wife Truus warned me. She is a woman and a woman has an instinct for things like this.”
“I did not see what Woodward was up to, but women have different qualities than men.”
“I really did not sense that they were plotting something.”
“I was wholly convinced that I’d be able to see out my contract and have a third season at United.”
“”It was the biggest surprise of my life when Woodward sacked me.”
“What I achieved at Man Utd I consider the biggest performance in my entire career.”
“Bigger than any other trophy or what I did with Holland in the World Cup in Brazil.”
“The FA Cup is the most prestigious national cup competition in the world, so I was immensely proud to win that.”
Van Gaal spent more money than most at United in his two years, and unfortunately, not many of his acquisitions made the grade. Perhaps Ed Woodward and the Glazers could simply not afford any more of Louis’ expensive mistakes.