Rafael da Silva tears into former Man United boss Louis van Gaal
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Rafael da Silva tears into former Man United boss Louis van Gaal

Defender Rafael da Silva has torn into former Man United manager Louis van Gaal following their time at the club.

Rafael, who joined Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir from Olympic Lyonnaise this summer, spent eight years at Old Trafford and played under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, caretaker manager Ryan Giggs before the Dutchman joined the club in 2014.

In a candid interview with the Athletic, Rafael claims van Gaal told him to leave United in their second meeting and said the dutchman was the worst manager he has ever worked with. 

“When they said Van Gaal was the manager, a lot of friends called me. I could not believe it, as a lot of people told me he does not like Brazilians (because of their style of play). They told me, “The first thing he is going to do is take you out.”

“Actually, it was the second thing because, on the first day, he did not speak to me. On the second day, he said, ‘You can leave. I had not even trained and he said that. I could not believe it.

“He did not explain why. He said, “You will not play this season, I am not going to use you if you want to leave, you leave.” I said, “OK.” I still tried to battle for my place. I stayed for one year with him. It was so, so hard. He is one of the worst people I have worked with.

The outspoken Brazilian played only ten games under Van Gaal before moving to Lyon and has remained close to United ever since.

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