One of Louis van Gaal’s first actions upon joining Manchester United was to send Nani out on loan, so it’s no surprise the Portuguese winger doesn’t have anything nice to say about the Dutchman.
In a blistering attack on Van Gaal’s managerial skills, Nani has accused Van Gaal of treating his players “like 18-year-olds”, while saying Manchester United has changed for the worse since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement three years ago.
The 29-year-old was loaned out to Sporting Lisbon in August 2014 and joined Fenerbahce on a permanent deal last summer. Nani has avoided being part of United’s decline but he still couldn’t avoid having a dig at his former employers.
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The winger spent eight seasons at Old Trafford and was set for more after signing a contract extension in 2013 that kept him at the club until 2018. But injuries and a lack of form forced Van Gaal’s hand, the 64-year-old sending Nani to his homeland shortly after his arrival.
And, by the sounds of it, the trickster is pleased he is no longer associated with the Red Devils.
Nani told the Sunday Times: “He [Van Gaal] didn't use me a lot in pre-season. I was the player who had the least time in all the games and I was feeling, 'This coach doesn't count on me'.
“He and his assistant were shouting at players like we were kids, like 18-year-olds. And I think, 'This is not the way to treat us because I am professional, I am training every day, I'm doing nothing wrong, I'm putting quality in the training'.
“Now when you see Manchester, it's not Manchester. With all respect to the players who are there, the personality, the mentality is all different.
“When you see Manchester United go inside the pitch you see a new era.
“Before you had big names, experienced players who represent so many years at the club. Now you see players who are maybe in their first year, their first time in the Premier League. It's all new."