Louis van Gaal is currently lying low in his holiday home in Portugal and is unlikely to show his face until the storm around Manchester United finally fades away.
In one of the most public and acrimonious sackings in recent Premier League history, Van Gaal's tenure at Old Trafford came to an end last week, just days after he won the FA Cup.
The final blow was delivered by executive Ed Woodward but by the time they sat down last Monday, it was already widely known that he was on his way out and would be replaced by Jose Mourinho.
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Indeed, the Portuguese had been linked with his job almost from the moment he parted company with Chelsea in December. It is believed talks between Woodward and Mourinho took place months ago.
And, unsurprisingly, it is now being claimed that Van Gaal feels Mourinho stabbed him in the back. Before this mess, the pair had shared a close relationship with the Special One undertaking part of his education under Van Gaal as a coach at Barcelona.
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A source close to the Dutchman told The Sun: “Louis feels betrayed by how Jose took over and how he was sacked.
“He didn’t believe he would be axed after the FA Cup win and now realises what happened since December with Mourinho. Louis feels stabbed in the back by Jose... and by the club.”
With so much speculation over his future, it is hard to believe that Van Gaal did not see it coming, especially as the same source claims he was aware of the stories coming out in the British media.
However, it was not until Woodward invited him to a meeting that he knew his two-year tenure with the Red Devils was coming to an end.
The source added: “He had heard everything during the season but the fact remained he was still manager and then won the prize of the FA Cup.
“Maybe his own personality meant he didn’t believe it, yet at Wembley he still didn’t have any official word about his future.
“It was only when he got a text from United boss Ed Woodward on Sunday afternoon, asking for talks as the United train was approaching Stockport, that he knew it was over.”
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