Iniesta snubs Pep, names ex-Man United boss 'most important'

La Liga By: Linus Onyeze | 11/05/2018

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Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has shocked many by naming former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as the most important manager in his career.

The outgoing Barca skipper flourished under Pep Guardiola but got his first break when Van Gaal was in charge at Nou Camp, and he has named the Dutchman as the most important manager in his career.

“I'm grateful to (Louis) van Gaal for his trust and to all the coaches that I had before that taught me and helped me to get the nicest moment that I'd been chasing up to that time,” Iniesta told Barcelona's YouTube channel in 2015.

“I think my first team debut was the most important day,” Iniesta said. “It was the most important because I'd been dreaming about it for so long.”

The 34-year-old midfielder announced last month that he would leave Spanish champions Barcelona at the end of the season after 16 trophy-filled years at the Nou Camp. 

Ahead of his departure, the Spaniard was asked by Mundo Deportivo to describe a number of former team-mates and coaches in a sentence.

And when asked about former Barcelona and Manchester United boss Van Gaal, Iniesta replied with 'my most important manager'.