Louis van Gaal clearly didn’t watch Manchester United’s 2012-13 campaign too closely.
If he did, the veteran Dutch coach would know that David de Gea won his first league title with the Red Devils.
It was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at Old Trafford, quite a memorable campaign, but Van Gaal clearly doesn’t remember De Gea in between the sticks based on comments made in his press-match press conference today.
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“The players who are now playing, they are not used to being champions,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Mirror, ahead of Sunday’s clash against Premier League champions-elect Leicester City.
“I don’t think Matteo Darmian is used to being a champion and David De Gea was never champion, so I don’t agree with the way you make the question.”
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De Gea made 28 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils during the 2012-13 season, making Van Gaal’s comments today more than a little baffling.
Van Gaal makes strange comment about Rooney/Carrick
But the strange quotes from United’s under-pressure coach didn’t stop there.
According to Van Gaal, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick have been “champions once, or maybe more than once”.
Close, Louis. Both Rooney and Carrick have won the Premier League title on five occasions.
“Memphis Depay was a champion last year [with PSV Eindhoven] so not many players,” Van Gaal added. “Rooney, Carrick, they have been the champions once, or maybe more than once.”
Lack of respect?
Van Gaal’s comments are unlikely to go down too well with the aforementioned players in the United dressing room.
That he thinks his star goalkeeper, one of the best players in the world, has never won a title and his captain has only won the league on one occasion arguably shows a lack of respect.
Huge match on Sunday
Sunday’s match against Leicester is huge, not just for the visitors but for Van Gaal’s men too.
Defeat would see Claudio Ranieri’s men crowned champions at Old Trafford but, more importantly for the Red Devils, it would also leave their hopes of securing a top-four finish severely diminished.
United currently find themselves five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal - albeit with a game in hand - but would surely be out of contention if they lose this weekend.
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