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Louis van Gaal criticises Jose Mourinho and Man United for his sacking

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It's been a funny few years since Manchester United lost the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

With no league title since Fergie's final season back in 2013, the Red Devils have gone through three managers since, each gradually improving the club's standing.

David Moyes was given the unenviable task of following Sir Alex and he guided United to seventh in the Premier League during his sole season at Old Trafford.

Then Louis van Gaal arrived and although his brand of football was deemed as boring by most of the supporters and players alike, results improved a bit with the club qualifying for the Champions League in his first season and winning the FA Cup in his second.

But, still, it wasn't enough. Van Gaal was moved out in favour of Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2016 and the Special One managed to win the Europa League and EFL Cup in his first season.

Now United are just behind neighbours Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with both teams unbeaten, but LVG feels like United did not handle his departure well.

"How I have suspected it, the way his [Mourinho] transfer as a manager to Manchester United went was not elegant at all, that resulted in my sacking," Van Gaal was quoted as saying in various newspapers.

Furthermore, Van Gaal believes Mourinho, who was his assistant at Barcelona back in the 1990s, has his flaws.

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"In principle, he is not a bad guy. He can be sympathetic and he was this way when he was my assistant in the past.

"But he lets himself go out of control too often."

United fans won't care for Van Gaal's comments too much. His style of football did not resonate with the Old Trafford faithful and now that Mourinho is settled at the club, they appear to be playing far more attractive football.

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Prior to United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Saturday, Mourinho's men had been averaging three goals a game in the Premier League this season and Romelu Lukaku has scored eleven goals in his first eleven games for the club.

Van Gaal might not have enjoyed how his tenure came to a close, but most United fans won't mind in reality.

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