Louis van Gaal slams Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by claiming club connection has saved him from the sack and Red Devils were ‘SERVANTS’ to rivals Man City in the derby
- Louis van Gaal has given a scathing assessment of the club he once managed
- Van Gaal feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only in the job because of his connections
- Dutchman says coaches with Solskjaer’s record would have been sacked by now
- Van Gaal feels United played like ‘servants’ for Man City in the 0-0 derby draw
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has torn a strip off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and suggested the Norwegian only remains in his job simply because he is a former player.
Van Gaal has this week offered a frank assessment of his former club and passed a not so complimentary verdict on current boss Solskjaer.
The Dutchman feels Solskjaer has the additional protection of being a club legend and will simply not be axed by United midway through a season… though could finally come in for a rude awakening at the end of the current campaign.
Loius van Gaal has pulled no punches in his scathing assessment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer, according to Van Gaal, is still in a job because he’s a former player and club icon
‘Solskjaer is an ex-player, so they will not sack him as quickly as someone else,’ said Van Gaal of the Norwegian, as report the Mirror.
‘United won’t sack a manager during the season especially Solskjaer. I see all the stories about Solskjaer and his future in the media.
‘But they waited with sacking me until the end of the season and that could happen to him,’ he added.
Van Gaal says Solskjaer set United up to play as City’s ‘servants’ in the Manchester derby
Van Gaal was given his marching orders by United in the summer of 2016, despite winning the FA cup for the club against Crystal Palace just hours prior.
After replacing the doomed David Moyes, Van Gaal believed he was finally getting things on track at Old Trafford before the axe came swinging down.
Now, drawing upon his own experience, Van Gaal believes Solskjaer could go the same way.
He added: ‘They waited with sacking me until the end of the season and that could happen to him,’ before then going on to slam United’s approach in the recent goalless stalemate derby draw with local rivals Manchester City and boldly claiming they performed like ‘servants’.
‘All Man United did was defend with ten men,’ Van Gaal said. ‘Everyone knows my relationship with Pep Guardiola, who is angry with me because I challenged him in my last book.
Van Gaal won the FA Cup with United but was still sacked in the immediate aftermath
‘But I enjoyed watching City more than United. I have far more sympathy for City than for United.
‘Honestly, United were just defending and hoping they can do a quick hit on the counter.
‘United just defend and put a couple of players up front who can run 100 metres in 9 seconds. Is that a world record?
‘In the derby, United played as if they were City’s servants.’