Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hit back at criticism from Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov.
However, the Dutch boss has responded to those claims, saying they do not bother him because Stoichkov was a player Van Gaal sold during his time at the Nou Camp.
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As per the Mirror, he said: “I always want to consider who is saying, I already know why. It doesn’t bother me,
“Stoichkov is one of the players I sent away so that’s why he is doing that. There are more players speaking highly about me than people saying things like Stoichkov.”
VAN GAAL IS SAVING UNITED
Stoichkov blames the Manchester United manager for his exit from Barcelona in 1998, and it is clear the Bulgarian still has not forgiven Van Gaal for his actions.
The 49-year-old's claims that the Manchester United boss is ruining the club do not appear to ring true.
He was tasked with the job of returning the Red Devils to their former glory, following a disastrous campaign under David Moyes, and is slowly but surely imprinting his winning philosophy on the squad.
He has spent an astronomical amount of money since taking over at Old Trafford, with some signings failing to adapt to life, but this spending spree was required to take United back to the top level.
They were in disarray last summer following the loss of some influential players, but during his time at the club Van Gaal has brought in a number of players who posses a wealth of experience and are at a good age to bring prolonged success back to Old Trafford.