Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's decision not to invite Sam Allardyce into his office for a post-match drink following last Saturday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford has left the West Ham United boss 'surprised' and 'disappointed' with his colleague's conduct.
Allardyce expected Van Gaal to uphold a long tradition of opposing managers sharing a glass of wine or beer following last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, one Sir Alex Ferguson was always more than happy to uphold.
Van Gaal has different ideas though and as Allardyce revealed in his weekly column for the Evening Standard snubbed the chance to share a private conversation with his opposite number and has turned Ferguson's old office into a room for video analysis.
Big Sam gets a big snub
Allardyce revealed: "I always invite the visiting manager into my office for a drink and a chat after a home game.
"It’s a valued tradition as far as I and most managers are concerned, a chance to have a private conversation and wind down. Which is why I was surprised and, yes, disappointed, that there was no such invitation following our match at Old Trafford last weekend.
"When all was done and dusted after the match, I went to where Sir Alex Ferguson was invariably waiting with a glass of wine — and everything had changed. I think the room is now used for analysis.
"I was told it didn’t happen any more, so I said “fair enough” and left. Louis van Gaal has every right to do things his way now, he’s the manager of Manchester United, but it struck a discordant note with me all the same."
Van Gaal has more pressing concerns
A manager of Van Gaal's considerable experience will probably not pay too much attention to a frank opinion from Allarydce, but Man United fans should use it as proof that things have changed in almost every conceivable way at Old Trafford since the Ferguson era ended last year.
Allarydce has made it clear that Premier League managers shouldn't expect to spend too much time in the Dutch veteran's company as he bids to rebuild United into title contenders and at minimum Champions League qualifiers in his first season at the Theatre of Dreams.