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Van Gaal blasts: Man Utd only using Mourinho to make money

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 10/09/2017

Louis van Gaal greets his one-time protege Jose MOurinho, when the going was still good.

Louis van Gaal appears to be taking a shot at Jose Mourinho and Manchester United by claiming the decision to sack him was about finance rather than football.

The Dutchman has broken his silence on the way he was ruthlessly sacked by United in May 2016, less than 24 hours after winning the FA Cup at Wembley.

Van Gaal, who has compared his dismissal to a public execution, reckons that the only thing the men who run the Old Trafford care about is money.

And he has revealed that Woodward confessed to him that the decision to appoint Mourinho was commercially motivated.

Van Gaal said: “Manchester United had record (financial) figures in the two years that I was there.

“And don't underestimate what that means for United. Nothing as important as the figures for United.

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“Look, every big club needs a good organization. The people in charge can run the club in football way or in a commercial way.

“At Manchester United the balance has tipped well over to the commercial side.

“Were they unhappy about the results or the performances of the team under my management?

“No. But all of a sudden they could get Mourinho for the long term, a manager with a massive commercial value in the world.

“Woodward finally said this exactly so to me the day after the FA Cup Final.”

The former Ajax coach remains bitter about the way he was sacked after leading the Reds to Wembley glory.

He added: “United put my head in a noose and I was publicly placed on the gallows.

“The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and then 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.”

Van Gaal began feeling undermined when United legends like Gary Neville and Paul Scholes criticised his style of football.

But the Dutchman felt safe because Woodward had handed him a three-year contract when he quit his post as Holland's manager to take up United's offer to succeed David Moyes because he had only wanted a 24-month deal.

Van Gaal said: “Suddenly former players started to yap in the media that we were playing boring football and Mourinho's sacking made it very attractive for everyone to keep bashing me.

“I do understand that choice of United to get Mourinho.

“I never wanted more than two years anyway. 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.

“United did not discuss this with me. If they had come to me with the Mourinho plan then I could have said 'okay, let's give it everything for the last six months, complete commitment to each other and the team and then Jose Mourinho can take over.'

“They could have saved the last year of my salary by doing that but after what happened I made them pay every penny.”