Louis van Gaal's old foe blasts Man Utd over Mourinho deal

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Support for Van Gaal from Koeman
Support for Van Gaal from Koeman

Ronald Koeman has emerged as an improbable voice of support for sacked Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, as he lashed out at the Old Trafford club for the treatment of his old foe.

Koeman and Van Gaal famously fell out when they worked together at Ajax, yet the lack of respect between the duo has not stopped the Southampton manager lashing out at the treatment of his compatriot.

Confirmation that Van Gaal was not informed about the decision to sack him until AFTER the FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace has inspired Koeman to offer up these feisty comments.

“I have watched the process around Louis and Jose Mourinho from a distance and for months we were all reading that Mourinho was busy with Manchester United," stated Koeman, in comments appearing in the Sunday Mirror.

"If Louis was not told about getting the sack until after the FA Cup Final, then Manchester United as a club don’t deserve a medal for the way they treated him.

“If you know a little bit about the business at the highest level in football, then you know that these kind of deals are not done over night.

“But Louis has been put under tremendous pressure for months. This is why I admire the way he kept his dignity.

“Of course, he had a number of run-ins with the media and there were moments when I thought ‘Louis, you could have dealt with that in another way.’ But Louis is Louis.

“But looking at the incredible pressure all around him, I think he did a great job winning a big trophy like the FA Cup.”

Meanwhile, separate reports from Holland suggest Van Gaal is furious with the treatment he received from United, after he was assured he would be allowed to remain in his post for next season.

Van Gaal was first made aware that he would be sacked by United in the hours after his side's FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace and he is reported to be furious with his former friend Jose Mourinho for "stabbing him in the back" after taking his job.