Following Louis van Gaal’s sacking from Manchester United, many fans of the Red Devils are likely to be delighted.
The Dutchman endured two underwhelming Premier League campaigns at Old Trafford - finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
His last act as United boss was to lead his side to FA Cup glory but he couldn’t exactly celebrate. Immediately after the final whistle, reports were circulating that Jose Mourinho was set to be appointed and less than 48 hours after the match, it was confirmed that Van Gaal had been sacked.
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Immediately after the final whistle, reports were circulating that Jose Mourinho was set to be appointed and less than 48 hours after the match, it was confirmed that Van Gaal had been sacked.
While supporters of the Red Devils will be rejoicing at the news, it seems that some of the players will also be very pleased to see the back of Van Gaal.
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The Independent have reported how United’s dressing room was sent into meltdown by Van Gaal and his managerial style.
Van Gaal's special treatment
The report states that many senior players were furious with the “special treatment” that the manager afforded Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Van Gaal managed Schweinsteiger for two seasons at Bayern Munich and signed him for £6.5 million last summer. However, the 31-year-old made just 18 Premier League appearances during the campaign. It’s believed that the first-team players were left fuming that how the German was given holidays and time-off to recover from his knee injury.
The report also states that players were angry with Van Gaal’s pre-season regime, with a source claiming that the routine of "training at 8.30, sent to rooms for a couple hours rest, training after lunch, back for video meetings and tactics discussion, back to rooms, supper of toast and then bed at half ten - every day for 14 days" left the team exhausted.
It also claims that Van Gaal would send his players emails with a raft of criticism after each match - an act that saw players refusing to open them not willing to have their confidence broken by the contents of the message.
There was obviously a severe breakdown in the relationship between Van Gaal and the players and it played a major factor in the manager eventually getting dismissed.
While it’s yet to be officially confirmed, it’s widely expected that Mourinho will be announced as United’s new manager in the coming days. The Portuguese has been linked with the role ever since he was sacked from Chelsea last December.
However, he has had to wait patiently as Van Gaal attempted to salvage United’s campaign.
When Mourinho does arrive, is doesn’t necessarily mean that the relationship between manager and the players will improve.
Mourinho has infamously fallen out with players in the past - such as Iker Casillas at Real Madrid - while there were reports of his Chelsea side falling out with their boss.
Something that is guaranteed, though, is respect. The United players, especially the youngsters ones, will no doubt have more respect towards Mourinho than they did with Van Gaal.