Thursday, 19 April 2018

Rafael: 'LVG Ended My Man United Career In A One Minute Meeting

Rafael da Silva has revealed Louis van Gaal ended his Manchester United career in a meeting that lasted just one minute.
When Van Gaal was appointed as Red Devils boss in 2014, the Dutchman apparently wasted no time in telling Rafael that he wasn't required.

Playing with Lyon in the French Ligue 1, Rafael left United in 2015 after falling foul of then manager Louis van Gaal.
"In his first season, Van Gaal called me to his office and said: 'You can leave,'" Rafael told ESPN.

"The meeting lasted one minute. That was it: 'You can leave'. It took time for me to go, but I was desperate to leave when I did, and that saddens me because I loved everything about Manchester United.

"Van Gaal is not a bad coach, but I didn't like his character.
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Louis van Gaal
"One day, I was in the canteen waiting to eat. Van Gaal used to speak to us after we'd eaten each day. I had a head injury after a game at Yeovil - one of the few games I played in that season - and I was touching my injury. After three or four seconds, he touched my head and said: 'Why don't you respect me?'

"I stood up and said: 'I always respect you. I've never said anything which was disrespectful to you'. I am a patient guy, but I got angry then. I had done nothing wrong. Antonio [Valencia] later said to me: 'You're not going to play again'. Players didn't speak back to Van Gaal.
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Rafael da Silva
"Antonio was almost right; I barely played again. I love Manchester United, but I was so desperate to leave United. Only one man did that because I liked everything about the place. I couldn't handle him anymore."
The Brazilian right-back had spent six seasons at Old Trafford and won three Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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