Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has claimed that potential Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is tough and disliked.
Van Gaal is thought to be on the verge of joining the Premier League champions as manager, after a torrid season that saw David Moyes sacked last Tuesday.
Soriano has now gone on record criticising Van Gaal, calling the Dutchman ‘difficult and devisive’. The City chief executive held the same position at Barcelona during the 62-year-old's tenure, and has revealed that he treated colleagues badly at the Nou Camp when things did not go his way.
'If you treat your people bad, they remember', Soriano said in an interview with The Telegraph.'One day you make an error and they kill you. I have seen this in many clubs. Louis van Gaal has been a very good coach in many clubs but his style is very difficult. The same thing happened to him in Barcelona as in Bayern Munich.
'He is very tough, people don’t like him, but he wins. And one day you don’t win – and when you don’t win, everybody that is angry with you will come back to you and try to kill you'.
United legend Ryan Giggs has taken temporary charge of the first team and is also thought to be in the running for the role on a full-time basis. The Welshman won his first game in charge last weekend as the Red Devils beat Norwich City 4-0 at Old Trafford, and many fans have called for him to be appointed permanently.
Despite Soriano’s criticism of Van Gaal, the Dutchman’s CV is difficult to dispute. The former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar coach has won numerous trophies as a manager, including seven league titles and the Champions League once.
The coming weeks should confirm the speculation surrounding Van Gaal’s future, and any appointment would now add extra spice to next season’s Manchester derbies in light of Soriano’s comments.